Dependency Injection via Setter method in spring

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As the name implies, using setter method spring container will inject the dependencies.This technique is considered as the best approach for dependency injection.
For configuring spring in your eclipse ide please refer  hello world example

This is simple pojo class having some attributes so here country has name and object of Capital class.
Create under package org.arpit.javapostsforlearning.Copy following content into
package org.arpit.javapostsforlearning;

public class Country {

    String countryName;
    Capital capital;
    public String getCountryName() {
        return countryName;
    public void setCountryName(String countryName) {
        this.countryName = countryName;
    public Capital getCapital() {
        return capital;
    public void setCapital(Capital capital) { = capital;

This is also simple pojo class having one attribute called "capitalName".
Create under package Country class contains object of this class.Copy following content into
package org.arpit.javapostsforlearning;

public class Capital {

    String capitalName;

    public String getCapitalName() {
        return capitalName;

    public void setCapitalName(String capitalName) {
        this.capitalName = capitalName;

This class contains main function.Create under package org.arpit.javapostsforlearning.Copy following content into
 package org.arpit.javapostsforlearning;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.xml.XmlBeanFactory;
import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;

public class SetterInjectionMain {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        ApplicationContext appContext = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("ApplicationContext.xml");

        Country countryObj = (Country) appContext.getBean("CountryBean");
        String countryName=countryObj.getCountryName();
        String capitalName=countryObj.getCapital().getCapitalName();
        System.out.println(capitalName+" is capital of "+countryName);
You can note here that we have used ClassPathXmlApplicationContext for getting bean here.There are various ways for getting beans.In hello world example we have used XmlBeanFactory for getting beans.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""
xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:aop=""

  <bean id="CountryBean" class="org.arpit.javapostsforlearning.Country">
      <property name="countryName" value="India"/>
      <property name="capital" ref="CapitalBean"/>
  <bean id="CapitalBean" class="org.arpit.javapostsforlearning.Capital">
      <property name="capitalName" value="Delhi"/>
Here We have declared two beans with corresponding ids.
1.Class Country with id as "CountryBean"
2.Class Capital with id as "CapitalBean"
Property's value tag is for assigning value to corresponding attribute. so In above xml file,we have assigned countryName attribute of Country class with value as india
<property name="Name Of Attribute" value="Value Of attribute to be assigned"/>
Property's ref tag is for assigning reference to corresponding attribute. so In above xml file,we have assigned reference of Capital class to capital attribute of Country class.
<property name="Name Of Attribute" ref="id of referencing bean"/>

5.Run it

When you will run above application,you will get following as output.

Delhi is capital of India

Source code:

In next post,we will see dependency injection via constructor

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