Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dynamic beans in CDI 2.0

A while ago we wrote about CDIs ability to dynamically add Bean<T> instances to the CDI runtime.

A Bean<T> is a kind of factory for beans, that makes types available for injection, lookup via the bean manager, or by referencing them in expression language. CDI producers (via the @Produces annotation) fulfil a somewhat similar role, but they essentially only make the "create instance" method dynamic; the rest (like scope, types, etc) is more or less static. A programmatically added Bean<T> essentially makes all those aspects dynamic.

As the previous article showed, dynamically adding such Bean<T> is a bit more work and it's quite verbose, as well as a little complex as the developer has to find out what to return as a default for various methods that are not directly of interest.

CDI 2.0 has addressed some of the above issues by providing a very convenient builder that not only makes creating a Bean<T> instance far less verbose, but also takes away most of the guesswork. The following shows an example:

public class CdiExtension implements Extension {

    public void afterBean(final @Observes AfterBeanDiscovery afterBeanDiscovery) {
            .id("Created by " + CdiExtension.class)
            .createWith(e -> new MyBeanImpl("Hi!"));

The above makes a bean available for injection into MyBean injection points and with the @ApplicationScoped scope, backed by a MyBeanImpl class.

A fully working example is provided in the Java EE 8 Samples project.

The example was tested on Payara Server 5, of which a snapshot can be downloaded from the snapshot repository. An initial alpha will be released very soon, but in the mean time the latest version can be downloaded here:

Arjan Tijms


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  2. Please write a book with "CDI 2.0 Essentials" soon. It will make it easier to comprehend the new version of CDI.

    Good luck