Spring Bean Definition Inheritance | Spring Boot


Bean Definition Inheritance is a good solution for defining new bean which inherited certain bean conveniently.

We will learn how to use XML configuration to create Inheritance from Bean with parent or abstract template.

I. Demo Video

II. Technology

– Java 1.8
– Maven 3.3.9
– Spring Tool Suite – Version 3.8.1.RELEASE
– Spring Boot: 1.4.0.RELEASE

III. Overview
1. Goal

To build an application that runs with beans:
customerService is bean parent of:
+ anotherCustomerService: bean without declaring new class (use the same class as customerService)
+ telephoneService: bean of new class, inherit property from customerService and add new property too.
beanWelcomeTemplate: a parent bean as abstract template that child beans can inherit.
consultationService: child bean of beanWelcomeTemplate

2. Project Structure


3. Step to do

– Create Spring Boot project
– Create Services
– Create Spring Bean Configuration File
– Create a Web Controller
– Run Spring Boot Application & Enjoy Result

IV. Practice
1. Create Spring Boot project

– Open Spring Tool Suite, on Menu, choose File -> New -> Spring Starter Project, then fill each field:

Click Next, in Web: choose Web:

Click Finish. Spring Boot project will be created successfully.

2. Create Services

Under package service, create class CustomerService and SpecificServiceCustomerService.java:

Content of SpecificService.java:

3. Create Spring Bean Configuration File

Under src/main/resources, create bean.xml:

– We don’t define class for bean anotherCustomerService, so the class will be the same as parent class: CustomerService
– bean telephoneService inherits customerService, so it has the same value of property customerName as parent bean, but it has different value of welcomeMessage, and has new property serviceName.
beanWelcomeTemplate is a template with abstract attributes, so it doesn’t specify class, but we must set abstract=”true”.
consultationService gets property’s value from template parent.

4. Create a Web Controller

Under package controller, create class WebController.

5. Run Spring Boot Application & Enjoy Result

– Config maven build:
clean install
– Run project with mode Spring Boot App
– Check results:

Request 1

Request 2

Request 3

Request 4

V. Source Code


By grokonez | September 6, 2016.

Last updated on September 23, 2018.

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