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Autowiring Generics In Spring

@Autowired is heavily used in Spring for injecting dependencies. By entrusting the framework itself to inject dependencies (eg: repositories interface) programmer can rest assurred and focus on core business logic of the application.

We can also use @Autowired in order to initialize java collections which use Generics. Let’s say we have an interface which could be implemented by a given number of classes. We can Register each of those classes in Spring Context with @Context annotation. Optionally we can also name the component using @Component($name). This becomes particularly useful if we want to assosciate each context with a key-word. Using component name also enables to qualify required bean whenever spring tries to autowire using ualifier($beanName). One use case could be that the key-word is json field name and the corresponding class is the utility class to operate on the model assosciated with that json.

Sample Interface:

interface GenericUpdater{
    public boolean act();

There are ‘n’ number of implementations.

public InventoryUpdater implements GenericUpdater{
    public boolean act(){
        //do some stuff
        return true;

Now we can Autowire a collection. Let’s say, a map which stores each of those ‘implementors’ with context name.

//Some Generic Collection
Map<String,GenericUpdater> updaterMap;

Spring now scans for all the implementations of GenericUpdater and injects them into this map keyed with the name given in @Component($name).

Stack Overflow answer demo:

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Written on May 22, 2018