Spring JSR-250 Annotations

Spring also supports JSR-250 based annotations which include @PostConstruct, @PreDestroy and @Resource annotations. Though these annotations are not really required because you already have other alternates, yet let us get a brief idea about them.

@PostConstruct and @PreDestroy Annotations

To define the setup and teardown for a bean, we simply declare the <bean> with init-method and/or destroy-method parameters. The init-method attribute specifies a method that is to be called on the bean immediately upon instantiation. Similarly, the destroy-method specifies a method that is called just before a bean is removed from the container.

You can use @PostConstruct annotation as an alternate of initialization callback and @PreDestroy annotation as an alternate of destruction callback as explained in the below example.


Let us have a working Eclipse IDE in place and take the following steps to create a Spring application −

Step Description
1 Create a project with a name SpringExample and create a package com.tutorialspoint under the src folder in the created project.
2 Add required Spring libraries using Add External JARs option as explained in the Spring Hello World Example chapter.
3 Create Java classes HelloWorld and MainApp under the com.tutorialspoint package.
4 Create Beans configuration file Beans.xml under the src folder.
5 The final step is to create the content of all the Java files and Bean Configuration file and run the application as explained below.

Here is the content of HelloWorld.java file −

package com.tutorialspoint;
import javax.annotation.*;

public class HelloWorld {
   private String message;

   public void setMessage(String message){
      this.message  = message;
   public String getMessage(){
      System.out.println("Your Message : " + message);
      return message;
   public void init(){
      System.out.println("Bean is going through init.");
   public void destroy(){
      System.out.println("Bean will destroy now.");

Following is the content of the MainApp.java file. Here, you need to register a shutdown hook registerShutdownHook() method that is declared on the AbstractApplicationContext class. This will ensure a graceful shutdown and call the relevant destroy methods.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import org.springframework.context.support.AbstractApplicationContext;
import org.springframework.context.support.ClassPathXmlApplicationContext;

public class MainApp {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      AbstractApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("Beans.xml");

      HelloWorld obj = (HelloWorld) context.getBean("helloWorld");

Following is the configuration file Beans.xml required for init and destroy methods −

<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "UTF-8"?>

<beans xmlns = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
   xmlns:xsi = "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
   xmlns:context = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
   xsi:schemaLocation = "http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans

   <bean id = "helloWorld" class = "com.tutorialspoint.HelloWorld"
      init-method = "init" destroy-method = "destroy">
      <property name = "message" value = "Hello World!"/>


Once you are done creating the source and bean configuration files, let us run the application. If everything is fine with your application, it will print the following message −

Bean is going through init.
Your Message : Hello World!
Bean will destroy now.

@Resource Annotation

You can use @Resource annotation on fields or setter methods and it works the same as in Java EE 5. The @Resource annotation takes a 'name' attribute which will be interpreted as the bean name to be injected. You can say, it follows by-name autowiring semantics as demonstrated in the following example −

package com.tutorialspoint;

import javax.annotation.Resource;

public class TextEditor {
   private SpellChecker spellChecker;

   @Resource(name = "spellChecker")
   public void setSpellChecker( SpellChecker spellChecker ){
      this.spellChecker = spellChecker;
   public SpellChecker getSpellChecker(){
      return spellChecker;
   public void spellCheck(){

If no 'name' is specified explicitly, the default name is derived from the field name or setter method. In case of a field, it takes the field name; in case of a setter method, it takes the bean property name.