Why do we need it?

  • Allows our beans to reference the context
  • Allows our beans to perform a getBean() from within rather
  • Used if dependents are prototypes that we want to be created each time
  • Otherwise, Spring injects singleton dependents during initialisation

In the Bean

  • Make Spring Bean implement ApplicationContextAware
  • create private member variable for ApplicationContext
  • override public void setApplicationContext(…)


  • Tightly couples our code to the Spring Framework



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