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Spring Framework example source code file (ObjectFactoryCreatingFactoryBean.java)

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The Spring Framework ObjectFactoryCreatingFactoryBean.java source code

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package org.springframework.beans.factory.config;

import org.springframework.beans.BeansException;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory;
import org.springframework.util.Assert;

 * A {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.FactoryBean} implementation that
 * returns a value which is an {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory}
 * that in turn returns a bean sourced from a {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanFactory}.
 * <p>As such, this may be used to avoid having a client object directly calling
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanFactory#getBean(String)} to get
 * a (typically prototype) bean from a
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanFactory}, which would be a
 * violation of the inversion of control principle. Instead, with the use
 * of this class, the client object can be fed an
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory} instance as a
 * property which directly returns only the one target bean (again, which is
 * typically a prototype bean).
 * <p>A sample config in an XML-based
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.BeanFactory} might look as follows:
 * <pre class="code"><beans>
 *   <!-- Prototype bean since we have state -->
 *   <bean id="myService" class="a.b.c.MyService" singleton="false"/>
 *   <bean id="myServiceFactory"
 *       class="org.springframework.beans.factory.config.ObjectFactoryCreatingFactoryBean">
 *     <property name="targetBeanName"><idref local="myService"/></property>
 *   </bean>
 *   <bean id="clientBean" class="a.b.c.MyClientBean">
 *     <property name="myServiceFactory" ref="myServiceFactory"/>
 *   </bean>
 * <p>The attendant MyClientBean class implementation might look
 * something like this:
 * <pre class="code">package a.b.c;
 * import org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory;
 * public class MyClientBean {
 *   private ObjectFactory myServiceFactory;
 *   public void setMyServiceFactory(ObjectFactory myServiceFactory) {
 *     this.myServiceFactory = myServiceFactory;
 *   }
 *   public void someBusinessMethod() {
 *     // get a 'fresh', brand new MyService instance
 *     MyService service = this.myServiceFactory.getObject();
 *     // use the service object to effect the business logic...
 *   }
 * }</pre>
 * <p>An alternate approach to this application of an object creational pattern
 * would be to use the {@link ServiceLocatorFactoryBean}
 * to source (prototype) beans. The {@link ServiceLocatorFactoryBean} approach
 * has the advantage of the fact that one doesn't have to depend on any
 * Spring-specific interface such as {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory},
 * but has the disadvantage of requiring runtime class generation. Please do
 * consult the {@link ServiceLocatorFactoryBean ServiceLocatorFactoryBean JavaDoc}
 * for a fuller discussion of this issue.
 * @author Colin Sampaleanu
 * @author Juergen Hoeller
 * @since 1.0.2
 * @see org.springframework.beans.factory.ObjectFactory
 * @see ServiceLocatorFactoryBean
public class ObjectFactoryCreatingFactoryBean extends AbstractFactoryBean {

	private String targetBeanName;

	 * Set the name of the target bean.
	 * <p>The target does not have to be a prototype bean, but realisticially
	 * always will be (because if the target bean were a singleton, then said
	 * singleton bean could simply be injected straight into the dependent object,
	 * thus obviating the need for the extra level of indirection afforded by
	 * the approach encapsulated by this class). Please note that no exception
	 * will be thrown if the supplied <code>targetBeanName does not
	 * reference a prototype bean.
	public void setTargetBeanName(String targetBeanName) {
		this.targetBeanName = targetBeanName;

	public void afterPropertiesSet() throws Exception {
		Assert.hasText(this.targetBeanName, "Property 'targetBeanName' is required");

	public Class getObjectType() {
		return ObjectFactory.class;

	protected Object createInstance() {
		return new ObjectFactory() {
			public Object getObject() throws BeansException {
				return getTargetBean(targetBeanName);

	 * Template method for obtaining a target bean instance.
	 * Called by the exposed ObjectFactory's <code>getObject() method.
	 * @param targetBeanName the name of the target bean
	 * @return the target bean instance
	protected Object getTargetBean(String targetBeanName) {
		return getBeanFactory().getBean(targetBeanName);


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