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Spring trying to understanding BeanPostProcessor

Kim Ming Yap
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Joined: Dec 17, 2008
Posts: 53

I'm newbie to Spring and i'm trying to understand the BeanPostProcessor - postProcessBeforeInitialization and postProcessAfterInitialization.

In short:

1) spring.xml




Now when i run the DrawingApp, i got the following messages:

In postProcessBeforeInitialization bean = org.tutorial.spring.Point#5f0101fb
In postProcessAfterInitialization bean = org.tutorial.spring.Point#5f0101fb
In postProcessBeforeInitialization bean = triangle1
In postProcessAfterInitialization bean = triangle1

The `postProcessBeforeInitialization` as its word says should be before initialization but as you can see from the log, the setPointA is executed first and then the `postProcessBeforeInitialization` ..

Did I miss something?
Jayesh A Lalwani
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Joined: Jan 17, 2008
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The properties of the bean are set right after the bean is created. The BeanPostProcessor.processBeforeInitialization is called before calling the init method of the bean
Kim Ming Yap
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Joined: Dec 17, 2008
Posts: 53

So the BeanPostProcessor and InitializingBean is pretty much the same except that the former can be done for a large group of beans instead of per bean.
Also i noticed that BeanPostProcessor is done before the initializingBean if both of this exists.
But in theory they are the same.
am i right?
I agree. Here's the link:
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