Vlad Mihalcea

Why I like Spring @Autowired for List types

Imagine having a tool that can automatically detect if you are using JPA and Hibernate properly. Hypersistence Optimizer is that tool!

Spring Framework dependency injection is great, and almost every Java developer uses it nowadays. Using @Autowired to inject Java Beans is trivial, but we can also use this annotation for java.util.List, or java.util.Map as well. The former will inject a list of all Java Beans matching the List’s Generic type, while the latter will create a map of these beans mapped by their names.

How I’ve been taking advantage of this feature?

Since I was developing an application which has a framework module and a specific customer implementation module, there were cases where I needed to add a common logic in the framework module which would detect all Beans of a given type, even the ones defined in the specific module.

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