Spring Inner-Class Instantiation

13 July 2005 ~ blog java spring

The other day I ran into something I had never tried to do with Spring before; define a
bean as an instance of an inner class. I did a little searching through the Spring docs, but could not find anything
about it, negative or positive. So, I just gave it a try. Consider the class:

public abstract class IService {
    public static class ServiceImpl extends IService {
        // something useful...

which would have a bean definition of:

<bean id="myService" class="com.some.pkg.IService$ServiceImpl" />

where the $ is the separator between the main class and the inner class. This is how its represented in the actual
class file so it makes sense. Nice.

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