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Arjun Reddy
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Joined: Nov 10, 2007
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Hi All,

I always thought spring had two containers.

2). ApplicationContext

Am I true?/ My friend keeps on saying that there is no container at all for spring.


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Mark Spritzler

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Well, yes the BeanFactory and ApplicationContext can be considered a "container" but not like a web container or ejb container. a Container in such that it holds your instance of your Spring Beans inside a "glorified map" as I like to call it. It handles the lifecycle of your objects, like a container would do. But it isn't a monolithic object, so to speak, as say compared to a real full "container"

It is just symantics here that you disagree with your friend. His definition of container is not the same definition of container that you have. It really isn't about Spring itself.


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Arjun Reddy
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Thanks for your reply mark.
I agree. Here's the link:
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