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Reference bean using SpEL in Spring XML configuration with Example
Below is an example of "Reference bean using SpEL in Spring XML 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 "InjectingBeanReferencetoAnotherBeanViaSpEL", 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 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");
package com.springexample;

public class StudentHolder {
	Student student;

	public Student getStudent() {
		return student;

	public void setStudent(Student student) {
		this.student = student;
	public void displayStudentDetails(){
		System.out.println("Student Details");
		System.out.println("Student No: "+student.getStudentNo());
		System.out.println("Student Name: "+student.getStudentName());
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns=""

	<bean id="student" class="com.springexample.Student">
		<property name="studentNo" value="1001" />
		<property name="studentName" value="John Peter" />
	<bean id="studentHolder" class="com.springexample.StudentHolder">
		<property name="student" ref="student" />
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 Peter
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