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From Gurkan Erdogdu <>
Subject Re: Creating a contextual managed bean by using BeanManager?
Date Wed, 26 May 2010 16:00:01 GMT

If you want that container manages the lifecycle of your instances, you have to provide "Bean"
for it. Currently, all of the POJO Beans are automatically handled as ManagedBean with JSR-299
containers. Just add META-INF/beans.xml into your JARs. 

>>>What is the difference between using InjectionTarget calls and the

InjectionTarget is provided that is responsible for creating a bean instance, injecting its
dependencies and calling lifecycle callbacks. In OWB we provide default implementation of
this interface. 

You can also register  your custom InjectionTarget instance for your classes. To do this,
give an Extension that observes ProcessInjectionTarget event, like this

public void observe(@Observes ProcessInjectionTarget<WinkResourceClass> event){
    event.setInjectionTarget("Your custom injection target") --> new CustomInjectionTarget(event.getInjectionTarget());

Then all calls of the InjectionTarget methods by the container are propogated into your custom
InjectionTarget instance. 

public class CustonInjectionTarget() implements InjectionTarget{
     InjectionTarget orjinal ; --> This is the OWB provided default injection target
      public CustomInjectionTarget(InjectionTarget orjinal){
            this.orjinal = orjinal;

    public void inject(){
         //Anything you want


For example, lets says that you have a class WinkResource and classpath contains the META-INF/beans.xml,
then your POJO is autmatically handled by the OWB container. When container creates you bean
instance for some injection, it uses your provided injection target instance;


BeanManager#getReference returns a Proxy for bean instances that have normal scoped and returns
a actual bean instances if bean has a scope dependent. InjectionTarget and getReference has
totally different aim.



From: Bryant Luk <>
To: openwebbeans-user <>
Sent: Wed, May 26, 2010 6:31:27 PM
Subject: Re: Creating a contextual managed bean by using BeanManager?

Hi strub,

Thanks for the response.  I want to use JCDI / OpenWebBeans to manage
the lifecycles/injection of my JAX-RS resources/providers.  Currently,
Wink does the lifecycle management and injection.  So if a HTTP
request comes in to our RestServlet, we determine which resource class
(basically a POJO with @Path) to use, instantiate it, and inject it.
What I want to do is to support JSR-299 managed beans here so we get
the benefit of the scopes, @Inject support, and other goodies.

I played around a little bit with the Tomcat / OpenEJB / OpenWebBeans
integration that Gurkan posted to his blog (cool stuff except I think
the patch needed to modify some of the package names with the recent
OSGi change;  I was going to post back to the OpenEJB issue but I keep
getting a 503 Service Unavailable for JIRA).  I was thinking I could
replace some of our lifecycle management code with calls to the

What is the difference between using InjectionTarget calls and the

I was also looking into using a JCDI Extension to modify the
"metadata" to possibly add our own injections for some of the JAX-RS
injections but thought I'd tackle the lifecycle questions first.

On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM, Bryant Luk <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I was looking to create managed bean instances dynamically for an
> Apache Wink (JAX-RS) plugin.
> I found the BeanManager interface and was hoping that would be a good
> way to get my instances via a programmatic interface.  Is that a
> possible route for me to take?
> So pseudcode-ish, I would do:
> BeanManager beanManager = ...
> Class<T> managedBeanClass = ...
> AnnotatedType aType = beanManager.createAnnotatedType(managedBeanclass);
> InjectionTarget<T> iTarget = beanManager.createInjectionTarget(aType);
> /* is this the way to get the right creational context? */
> Set<Bean<?>> beans = beanManager.getBeans(managedBeanClass, (any
> qualifier annotations here));
> Bean bean = beans.iterator().next();
> CreationalContext creationalContext = beanManager.createCreationalContext(bean);
> T instance = iTarget.produce(creationalContext);
> iTarget.inject(instance, creationalContext);
> iTarget.postConstruct(instance);
> /* ...use the instance... */
> iTarget.preDestroy(instance);
> iTarget.dispose(instance);
> /* do I need to do a creationalContext.release()? */
> I'm hoping the created instance will be correctly injected/disposed of
> and would be correctly scoped (i.e. if it's in a servlet container and
> the managed bean was @ApplicationScoped then the above code would
> still "do the right thing" instead of creating a new instance).
> Thanks for any pointers anyone can provide.

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