org.springframework.beans.factory.support

Interface BeanDefinitionReader

  • All Known Implementing Classes:
    AbstractBeanDefinitionReader, GroovyBeanDefinitionReader, PropertiesBeanDefinitionReader, XmlBeanDefinitionReader


    public interface BeanDefinitionReader
    Simple interface for bean definition readers. Specifies load methods with Resource and String location parameters.

    Concrete bean definition readers can of course add additional load and register methods for bean definitions, specific to their bean definition format.

    Note that a bean definition reader does not have to implement this interface. It only serves as suggestion for bean definition readers that want to follow standard naming conventions.

    Since:
    1.1
    Author:
    Juergen Hoeller
    See Also:
    Resource
    • Method Detail

      • getRegistry

        BeanDefinitionRegistry getRegistry()
        Return the bean factory to register the bean definitions with.

        The factory is exposed through the BeanDefinitionRegistry interface, encapsulating the methods that are relevant for bean definition handling.

      • getResourceLoader

        @Nullable
        ResourceLoader getResourceLoader()
        Return the resource loader to use for resource locations. Can be checked for the ResourcePatternResolver interface and cast accordingly, for loading multiple resources for a given resource pattern.

        A null return value suggests that absolute resource loading is not available for this bean definition reader.

        This is mainly meant to be used for importing further resources from within a bean definition resource, for example via the "import" tag in XML bean definitions. It is recommended, however, to apply such imports relative to the defining resource; only explicit full resource locations will trigger absolute resource loading.

        There is also a loadBeanDefinitions(String) method available, for loading bean definitions from a resource location (or location pattern). This is a convenience to avoid explicit ResourceLoader handling.

        See Also:
        loadBeanDefinitions(String), ResourcePatternResolver
      • getBeanClassLoader

        @Nullable
        java.lang.ClassLoader getBeanClassLoader()
        Return the class loader to use for bean classes.

        null suggests to not load bean classes eagerly but rather to just register bean definitions with class names, with the corresponding Classes to be resolved later (or never).

      • getBeanNameGenerator

        BeanNameGenerator getBeanNameGenerator()
        Return the BeanNameGenerator to use for anonymous beans (without explicit bean name specified).
      • loadBeanDefinitions

        int loadBeanDefinitions(Resource resource)
                         throws BeanDefinitionStoreException
        Load bean definitions from the specified resource.
        Parameters:
        resource - the resource descriptor
        Returns:
        the number of bean definitions found
        Throws:
        BeanDefinitionStoreException - in case of loading or parsing errors
      • loadBeanDefinitions

        int loadBeanDefinitions(Resource... resources)
                         throws BeanDefinitionStoreException
        Load bean definitions from the specified resources.
        Parameters:
        resources - the resource descriptors
        Returns:
        the number of bean definitions found
        Throws:
        BeanDefinitionStoreException - in case of loading or parsing errors
      • loadBeanDefinitions

        int loadBeanDefinitions(java.lang.String... locations)
                         throws BeanDefinitionStoreException
        Load bean definitions from the specified resource locations.
        Parameters:
        locations - the resource locations, to be loaded with the ResourceLoader (or ResourcePatternResolver) of this bean definition reader
        Returns:
        the number of bean definitions found
        Throws:
        BeanDefinitionStoreException - in case of loading or parsing errors