Reading Notes for Spring 3 Core Components Tutorial Part I (Chapter 1 to Chapter 10)

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This post is transferred from my old Hexo blog site, created on 2014.

This is a reading note from Spring Framework 3.1 Tutorial pdf, created by tutorialspoint. This pdf contains information for Spring 3 Core Basics, which is very useful for understanding defination and practive in Spring programming.

Chapter 2: Spring Framework Architecture

Spring is a modular framework, which means you can pick the modules that only fits your need. Basic structure of Spring framework is following. There are three main componets: Core Container, Data Access Integration and Web (MVC/Remoting). Other important componets include AOP, Aspects, Instrumentation and Test: images/posts/spring-structure.png

Core Container

Core Container contains: Core module, Beans module, Context module and Expression Language module:

  • Core: fundamental of framework, including loC and Dependency Injection features.

  • Beans: has Bean Factory, implementing factory pattern.

  • Context: based on Core module and Beans module. It is a medium to access any objects defined and configured. The ApplicationContext interface is the focal point of the Context module.

  • Expression Language: provides language for querying and manipulating an object graph at run time.

Data Access/Integration

Data Access/Integration contains: JDBC module, ORM module, OXM, JMS module and Transaction module:

  • JDBC: provides a JDBC-abstraction layer that can simplify JDBC coding

  • ORM: provide integration for popular object-mapping APIs, including JPA, JDO, Hibernate, iBatis.

  • OXM: provide integration for Object/XML mapping, such as JAXB, Castor, XMLBeans, JiBX and XStream

  • JSM: Java Messaging Service. It can producing and consuming messages.

  • Transaction: contains programmatic and declarative transaction management for classes and POJOs.


Web contains: Web module, Web-Servlet module, Web-Struts module and Web-Portlet module:

  • Web: provide important functions for web development, such as multipart file uploader and loC container using servlet listeners and a web-oriented application context.

  • Web-Servlet: provide Spring MVC implementation

  • Web-Structs: provide support for Structs

  • Web-Portlet: provide MVC implemention to be used in a portlet environment.

Other Components

  • AOP module provides aspect-oriented programming implementation, allowing you to define method-interceptor or pointcuts to cleanly decouple code that implements functionality that should be seperated.

  • Aspects module provides support for AspectJ.

  • Instrumenetation module provide class instrumentation support and class loader implementation for certain application servers.

  • Test: provides testing support for JUnit or TestNG

Chapter 5: Spring Ioc Containers

The main function of Spring IoC Container is to create objects, wire objects together, configure objects and manage objects in their lifecyle.

Spring IoC containter uses dependency injection/DI to manage objects, which are called spring beans.

Container gets information from the metadata in xml, Java annotation or Java code.

This is the process of Spring IoC container works: images/posts/spring-containers.png

Spring has two distinct type of containers: BeanFactory and ApplicationContext:

BeanFactory: this is the simplest container from DI. Most commonly used implementation is XmlBeanFactory class. It reading the configuration metadata from xml file and use it.


<bean id="helloWorld" class="com.example.helloWorld">
    <property name="message" value="Hello World!"/>


public class helloWorld{
    private String message; //with getter and setter

public class test{
    public static void main(String[] args){
        XmlBeanFactory factory = new XmlBeanFacotry(new ClassPathResource('Beans.xml'));
        //Note we use ClassPathResource so spring will find relative address for Beans.xml

        helloWorld obj = (helloWorld) factory.getBean("helloWorld");
        //Using casting here. Notice the factory.getBean() method use corespoding bean id. Then find name of class variable in <property>

        obj.getMessage(); //return message in getter, which is Hello World!

ApplicationContext: More advanced and widely used container compare to the one above. This includes some enterprise-function. Most common implementations are: FileSystemXmlApplicationContext, ClassPathXmlApplicationContext and WebXmlApplicationContext.

FileSystemXmlApplicationContext: loads the definations of the beans from xml file. Note you need to provide full path of xml bean configuration file path. Example:

//Use same xml example as above

ApplicationContext context = new FileSystemXmlApplicationContext("C:/Users/pshan/workspace/Sample/Beans.xml"); //You need full path here

helloWorld obj = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld"); //Use casting here

obj.getMessage(); //return message in getter (i.e, property in xml), which is Hello World!

ClassPathXmlApplicationContext: example is in BeanFactory Container. You do not need full path of xml file but you need Class Path to let spring find xml configuration file.

WebXmlApplicationContext: loads all beans with in a web application from xml.

Chapter 6: Spring Bean Definition

Beans are objects that are initialized, assembled, and otherwise managed by Spring IoC Container. They are created with the configuration metadata that supplied by <bean/> defination from xml file.

Configuration MetaData provide following:

  • How to create a bean

  • Bean's lifecycle details

  • Bean's dependencies

Bean Properties

class: mandatory. Give the java class that is used to create beans.

name: specifies the bean identifier uniquely. In an xml, you need id and/or name to specify the bean identifiers.

scope: specifies bean scope. See notes in chapter 7.

constructor-arg: for inject the dependencies. See notes in chapter 8

properties: for inject the dependencies. See notes in chapter 8

autowiring mode: for inject the dependencies. See notes in chapter 8

lazy-initialization mode: tells the IoC container to create a bean instance when it is firstly requested, rather than at startup.

initialization method: a callback to be called just after all properties for the bean have been set by container. See notes in Chapter 8.

destruction method: a callback to be used when the container containing the bean is destroyed. See notes in chaper 8.

Configuration Metadata can be provided by:

  • xml based configuration file.

  • Annotation-based configuration

  • Java-based configuration

Example of Bean Properties from book: images/posts/spring-configuration-metadata.png

Chapter 7: Spring Bean Scopes

You can declaring scope of beans when you creates <bean/> in xml file. There are five scopes that Spring support:

singleton: Default. Spring IoC container cretes exactly one instance of the object defined by that bean defination. This object is stored in a cache of such singletion beans. A request will return the cached object. Example:



<bean id="helloWorld" class="com.sample.helloWorld" scope="singleton">


ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("beans.xml");

helloWorld objA = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld"); //get from bean id and cast it

objA.setMessage = "testA";

helloWorld objB = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld");

System.out.prinlnt(objB.getMessage); //print out "testA" since objA and objB are pointing to same bean instance

prototype: create new bean instance of object every time a request for the specific bean is made.

As a rule, use the prototype scope for all state-full beans and the singleton scope for stateless beans.

//Assume we have same xml as above

ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("beans.xml");

helloWorld objA = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld");

objA.setMessage = "testA";
objA.getMessage(); // "testA"

helloWorld objB = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld");

objB.getMessage(); //null. Becuase this is a new request and a new instance is created

Chapter 8: Spring Bean Life Cycle

In java, initialization work can be done inside afterPropertiesSet() method.

In xml, you can use init-method attribute to call a self-defined method when a bean instance is created. Then add this method in your bean java class.

Similarly, destruction can be done insdie destory() method. In xml, you can use destroy-method attribute to call a self-defined method. You need to add this method in your bean java class.



<bean id="helloWorld" class="com.sample.helloWorld" init-method = "init" destory-method="destroy">
    <property name="message" value="hello World!"/>


//This is the bean class defined in java: com.sample.helloWorld
public class helloWorld{
    private String message; //The value of message is defined in xml

    public void setMessage(String message){
        this.message = message;
    public void getMessage(){
    public void init(){
    //This is the initialization method
        System.out.println("create bean");
    public void destroy(){
    //This is the destroy method
        System.out.println("destory bean");

//Now we test it
public class Test{
    public static void main(String[] args){
        AbstractApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("beans.xml");

        helloWorld obj = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld");
        context.registerShutdownHook(); //shutdown if you are in a desktop-application

        //Output: create bean | hello World ! | destroy bean

You can also put default-init-method and defalut-destory-method attributes in the main bean in xml file, such as <bean xmlns="..." xmlns:xsi="..."></bean>, to let all beans use same initialization method or destruction method.

Chapter 9: Spring Bean Post Processors

BeanPostProcessor interface defines callback methods that you can implement to provide your own instantiation logic, dependency-resolution logic, etc.

You can configure multiple BeanPostProcess interfaces. You can control the order of them.

Spring IoC container instantiates a bean instance and then BeanPostProcessor works.

An ApplicationContext automatically detect beans with BeanPostProcessor implementation and register these beans as post-processors. These processors will be automatcally called when bean is created.



<bean id="helloWorld" class="com.sample.helloWorld" init-method="init" destroy-method="destroy">
<property name="message" value="Hello World!"/>

<!--bean with BeanPostProcessor-->
<bean class="com.sample.InitHelloWorld"/>


//Bean Class is defined as example in chapter 8

//Class for BeanPostProcessor
public class InitHelloWorld implements BeanPostProcessor{
    //This should be called before bean is initialized
    public Object postProcessBeforeInitialization(Object bean, String beanName) throws BeansException{
        System.out.println("Before Init!");
        return bean; //Any object can be returned
    //This should be called after bean is initialized
    public Object postProcessAfterInitialization(Object bean, String beanName) throws BeansException{
        System.out.println("After Init!");
        return bean; //Any object can be returned

//Test Class
public class Test{
    public void static main(String[] args){
        AbstractApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("beans.xml");

        helloWorld obj = (helloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld");

        //Output: Before Init!
        //create bean
        //After Init!
        //Hello World!
        //destry bean

Chapter 10: Spring Bean Definition Inheritance**

A parent bean can be inherited by a child bean. Child bean can override parent bean's attributes.

parent attribute should be used in xml file to define a parent bean in child bean.



<bean id="parentBean" class="com.sample.parentBean">
    <property name="message1" value="Parent Message 1"/>
    <property name="message2" value="Parent Message 2"/>

<bean id="childBean" class="com.sample.childBean" parent="parentBean"> <!--note we find parent bean id here-->
    <property name="message1" value="Child Message1"/>
    <property name="message3" value="Child Message3"/>


//Assume we have a normal setter and getter for both parent and child bean

public class Test{
    public void static main(String[] args){
        ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("beans.xml");

        parentBean p = (parentBean) context.getBean('parentBean');
        p.getMessage1(); //Parent Message 1
        p.getMessage2(); //Parent Message 2

        childBean c = (childBean) context.getBean('childBean');
        //Child Message 1: Override attribute from parent bean
        //Parent Message 2: Important! c inherient property from parent bean, so it will not output null value.
        //However c still need getter and setter for message 2
        //Child Message 3: child bean can define its own property

You can create Bean Defination Template in xml file if you need a general parent bean for all childs beans. You can not use class attribue in bean template. You must define abstruct attribute as true. Example:

<bean id="templateBean" abstruct="true">
<!--template bean can not be instantiated since it is abstract-->
    <property name="message1" value="template 1!"/>
    <property name="message2" value="template 2"/>

<bean id="childBean" class="com.sample.childBean" parent="templateBean">
    <property name="message1" value="child 1!"/>
    <property name="message3" value="child 3!"/>
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