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How to use <list> in Spring configuration with Example
Below is an example of "How to use in Spring configuration with Example"
Step.1 Start a Java Project with required jars 
  1. Open Eclipse
  2. Click on menu New -> Others
  3. In wizards type "Java Project" and Select "Java Project"
  4. Click Next
  5. Enter project name as "InjectingListPropertiesInBeanConfiguration", then click Next
  6. Goto Libraries tab, then click on Add External JARs, then select Spring's 21 Framework Jars and commons-logging-1.1.jar.
  7. Click Finish.
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package com.springexample;

import java.util.Iterator;

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationContext;

public class RunMyProgram {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		ApplicationContext context = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext("beans.xml");
		StudentHolder studentHolder = (StudentHolder) context.getBean("studentHolder");
		for (Iterator studentIterator = studentHolder.getStudents().iterator(); studentIterator.hasNext(); ){
			Student student =;
			System.out.println("Student Details");
			System.out.println("Student No: "+student.getStudentNo());
			System.out.println("Student Name: "+student.getStudentName());
package com.springexample;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class StudentHolder {
	List students = new ArrayList();

	public List getStudents() {
		return students;
	public void setStudents(List students) {
		this.students = students;
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""

	<bean id="student1" class="com.springexample.Student" p:studentNo="1001" p:studentName="John" />
	<bean id="student2" class="com.springexample.Student" p:studentNo="1002" p:studentName="Peter" />
	<bean id="student3" class="com.springexample.Student" p:studentNo="1003" p:studentName="Viva" />

	<bean id="studentHolder" class="com.springexample.StudentHolder">
		<property name="students">
				<ref bean="student1" />
				<ref bean="student2" />
				<ref bean="student3" />
				<ref bean="student2" />
package com.springexample;

public class Student {
	private int studentNo;
	private String studentName;
	public int getStudentNo() {
		return studentNo;
	public void setStudentNo(int studentNo) {
		this.studentNo = studentNo;
	public String getStudentName() {
		return studentName;
	public void setStudentName(String studentName) {
		this.studentName = studentName;
Student Details
Student No: 1001
Student Name: John

Student Details
Student No: 1002
Student Name: Peter

Student Details
Student No: 1003
Student Name: Viva

Student Details
Student No: 1002
Student Name: Peter
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