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load applicationContext from business layer

praveen Shangunathan
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Joined: Sep 06, 2005
Posts: 65
Hi all,
I want to getBean(s) from springs applicationContext. Since this is from the business layer I dont want to getServletContext() etc.and of course injection is not an option here.

Right now I am using ClasspathXmlApplicationContext and it works fine.

Is there a better way to do this?
Also when i do ApplicationContext context = new FileSystemXmlApplicationContext("applicationContext.xml"); is a new context created?(i hope only the context loaded at startup is returned.)

Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 17276

No that creates an actual new instance of an ApplicationContext. Why does your Business Server need access to it. I am sure there must be a better design approach so that your service classes won't need direct access to the ApplicationContext.

Anyway, besides there most likely being a design problem here, you can access the ApplicationContext in your service class by making your Service class ApplicationContextAware. This is an interface that you can implement, and you have a setAppplicationContext method to implement, that takes the ApplicationContext. That is how you can access it directly, and not use "new ApplicationContext...." code


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praveen Shangunathan
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Joined: Sep 06, 2005
Posts: 65
Hi Mark,
Thanks. that worked.
going to the design issue you had mentioned, i did not want spring access code lying around, but did not find an alternative.
i want to inject one of a dozen reports at runtime depending on something. i am not sure how to have spring do this. i could use a factory but did not want to use "new" and want spring inject a report.
kindly advice.
Saeed alkhen

Joined: Feb 11, 2009
Posts: 4
Hi All...
I faced the same problem about get the applicationContext from the business layer and i follow the solution above and it worked correctly, thank a lot for your help. But my question now is :
What if a want to get a session scoped bean from the application context in business layer

In other word and with some details:
My Application implements the 3 layers as follow:
  • Icefaces for presentation layer
  • Spring for business layer
  • Hibernate for persistence layer

  • and i used acegi security to secure my application...

    Now after the user enter the login information the acegi started the authentication process and i use a custom LDAP authentication provider to check the login information in the Active Directory, and this custom provider is registered in the applicationContext.xml file.. In this case i suppose that this provider is in my business layer. In this provider and after he finish his work with Active Directory i need to get the application context and get the session scoped bean "user", and inside this bean i need to save my login information..

    So what i did till now: create my custom provider which is worked successfully and I implement the Interface "ApplicationContextAware" and override the method "setApplicationContext" and I get a reference to the application context which held in the "appContext" variable, after that I let the Provider to do his work and after that I invoke the method appContext.getBean("user") and i got an error message that told me :
    "Scope 'session' is not active for the current thread; consider defining a scoped proxy for this bean if you intend to refer to it from a singleton; nested exception is java.lang.IllegalStateException: No thread-bound request found: Are you referring to req...."

    So what is the solution .... ??? .. anyone can help my .... every suggestion or help will be appreciated
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