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How to use collections with spring expression language?

This page shows how to use collection objects along with spring expression language. Below example shows how to use list and map objects with spring expression language.

package com.java2novice.beans;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Value;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;

public class MyCompany {

        private List<Employee> empList;
        private Map<String, Integer> empIdMap;
        private Employee firstEmployee;
        @Value("#{myCompanyBean.empIdMap['Nataraja Gootooru']}")
        private int starEmpId;
        public MyCompany(){
                //populate list
                empList = new ArrayList<Employee>();
                empList.add(new Employee(1016, "Nataraja Gootooru"));
                empList.add(new Employee(1015, "Nagesh Yenamala"));
                empList.add(new Employee(1017, "Nikesh Penumalli"));
                //populate map
                empIdMap = new HashMap<String, Integer>();
                empIdMap.put("Nataraja Gootooru", 1016);
                empIdMap.put("Nagesh Yenamala", 1015);
                empIdMap.put("Nikesh Penumalli", 1017);

        public void printEmpInfo(){
                System.out.println("Star employee id: "+this.starEmpId);
        public List<Employee> getEmpList() {
                return empList;

        public void setEmpList(List<Employee> empList) {
                this.empList = empList;

        public Map<String, Integer> getEmpIdMap() {
                return empIdMap;

        public void setEmpIdMap(Map<String, Integer> empIdMap) {
                this.empIdMap = empIdMap;

        public Employee getFirstEmployee() {
                return firstEmployee;

        public void setFirstEmployee(Employee firstEmployee) {
                this.firstEmployee = firstEmployee;

        public int getStarEmpId() {
                return starEmpId;

        public void setStarEmpId(int starEmpId) {
                this.starEmpId = starEmpId;

package com.java2novice.beans;

public class Employee {

        private int empId;
        private String name;
        public Employee(int id, String name){
                this.empId = id;
       = name;
        public int getEmpId() {
                return empId;
        public void setEmpId(int empId) {
                this.empId = empId;
        public String getName() {
                return name;
        public void setName(String name) {
       = name;

        public String toString(){
                return this.empId+" | ";

Here is the xml based configuration, you must enable component scan.

<beans xmlns=""

    <context:component-scan base-package="com.java2novice.beans" />

Spring bean demo class:

package com.java2novice.test;

import org.springframework.context.ConfigurableApplicationContext;

import com.java2novice.beans.MyCompany;

public class SpringDemo {

        public static void main(String a[]){
                String confFile = "applicationContext.xml";
                ConfigurableApplicationContext context 
                                                        = new ClassPathXmlApplicationContext(confFile);
                MyCompany myCompany = (MyCompany) context.getBean("myCompanyBean");

1016 | Nataraja Gootooru
Star employee id: 1016
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What is abstract class or abstract method?
We cannot create instance for an abstract class. We can able to create instance for its subclass only. By specifying abstract keyword just before class, we can make a class as abstract class.

public abstract class MyAbstractClass{


Abstract class may or may not contains abstract methods. Abstract method is just method signature, it does not containes any implementation. Its subclass must provide implementation for abstract methods. Abstract methods are looks like as given below:

public abstract int getLength();
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I'm Nataraja Gootooru, programmer by profession and passionate about technologies. All examples given here are as simple as possible to help beginners. The source code is compiled and tested in my dev environment.

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