Spicy Spring : Dynamically create your own BeanDefinition

When we a have Spring managed application, we want to let Spring manage all of our beans. Beside the regular way of creating beans with known solutions like Annotated beans, Java Configuration and XML Configuration, there is also a way in which we can create our own BeanDefinition.

With a BeanDefinitionRegistryPostProcessor it is possible to create a specific post processor which can add BeanDefinitions to the BeanDefinitionRegistry.
It differs from the BeanPostProcessor, which only has hooks for Bean Initialization (construction of your POJO), where the BeanDefinitionRegistryPostProcessor has a hook on the BeanDefinitionRegistry. This gives us the ability to define our own BeanDefinition.

First we create a BeanDefinitionRegistryPostProcessor implementation as listed in the example. We implement the required method, and will be able to add our own bean definition to the registry. The defined BeanDefinition will be picked up by the ApplicationContext and the POJO will be constructed. Our result is A Spring managed bean

Introduction to Spring profiles

So many men, so many minds. When we are implementing software for different customers we sometimes need to handle various requirements for the same project. For example Customer A needs SAML authentication and customer B needs LDAP authentication.

With Spring Profiles (available from Spring 3.1) we are able to provide a way to segregate parts of our implemented application configuration. This blog will help us to make certain code or rather certain Spring beans only available for specific requirements. For example the example used in this blog can be used to activate the required authentication provider for the provider manager when using Spring Security.

Profiles can be configured by annotations and/or by xml.

@Component or @Configuration annotated beans can contain the annotation @Profile to only load them in a certain environment.

Probably not used anymore in freshly started projects, but it is also possible to make certain Spring beans only available within your XML configuration.

Activate correct profile
Of course you are able to combine both configurations, but is should be obvious to choose one configuration to make your code more predictable . Just to show the possibilities we have combined them in one project.In a plain Java application the profiles can be setup by activating the profile in your application context.

See the following github for the full source of this project:


Spring Tip: Check for existence of Bean during startup

Sometimes we are working on an application where we have no control over specific Spring bean implementations. Nevertheless we want to check for the existence (or duplication) of these bean implementations during start-up of the application server. Since Spring version 3.0 it is possible to use Spring’s ApplicationListener. This interface is based on the EventListener and uses the standard Observer design pattern.

In 3 steps we can easily check for the existence of a specific Spring bean.
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