Spring Framework

org.springframework.context
Interface ResourceLoaderAware

All Superinterfaces:
Aware
All Known Implementing Classes:
AnnotationSessionFactoryBean, ClassPathBeanDefinitionScanner, ClassPathScanningCandidateComponentProvider, ConfigurationClassPostProcessor, DefaultPersistenceUnitManager, FreeMarkerConfigurationFactoryBean, FreeMarkerConfigurer, Jaxb2Marshaller, LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean, LocalSessionFactoryBean, ReloadableResourceBundleMessageSource, SchedulerAccessor, SchedulerAccessorBean, SchedulerFactoryBean, ScriptFactoryPostProcessor, SortedResourcesFactoryBean, VelocityConfigurer, VelocityEngineFactoryBean

public interface ResourceLoaderAware
extends Aware

Interface to be implemented by any object that wishes to be notified of the ResourceLoader (typically the ApplicationContext) that it runs in. This is an alternative to a full ApplicationContext dependency via the ApplicationContextAware interface.

Note that Resource dependencies can also be exposed as bean properties of type Resource, populated via Strings with automatic type conversion by the bean factory. This removes the need for implementing any callback interface just for the purpose of accessing a specific file resource.

You typically need a ResourceLoader when your application object has to access a variety of file resources whose names are calculated. A good strategy is to make the object use a DefaultResourceLoader but still implement ResourceLoaderAware to allow for overriding when running in an ApplicationContext. See ReloadableResourceBundleMessageSource for an example.

A passed-in ResourceLoader can also be checked for the ResourcePatternResolver interface and cast accordingly, to be able to resolve resource patterns into arrays of Resource objects. This will always work when running in an ApplicationContext (the context interface extends ResourcePatternResolver). Use a PathMatchingResourcePatternResolver as default. See also the ResourcePatternUtils.getResourcePatternResolver method.

As alternative to a ResourcePatternResolver dependency, consider exposing bean properties of type Resource array, populated via pattern Strings with automatic type conversion by the bean factory.

Since:
10.03.2004
Author:
Juergen Hoeller, Chris Beams
See Also:
ApplicationContextAware, InitializingBean, Resource, ResourcePatternResolver, ResourcePatternUtils.getResourcePatternResolver(org.springframework.core.io.ResourceLoader), DefaultResourceLoader, PathMatchingResourcePatternResolver, ReloadableResourceBundleMessageSource

Method Summary
 void setResourceLoader(ResourceLoader resourceLoader)
          Set the ResourceLoader that this object runs in.
 

Method Detail

setResourceLoader

void setResourceLoader(ResourceLoader resourceLoader)
Set the ResourceLoader that this object runs in.

This might be a ResourcePatternResolver, which can be checked through instanceof ResourcePatternResolver. See also the ResourcePatternUtils.getResourcePatternResolver method.

Invoked after population of normal bean properties but before an init callback like InitializingBean's afterPropertiesSet or a custom init-method. Invoked before ApplicationContextAware's setApplicationContext.

Parameters:
resourceLoader - ResourceLoader object to be used by this object
See Also:
ResourcePatternResolver, ResourcePatternUtils.getResourcePatternResolver(org.springframework.core.io.ResourceLoader)

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