Elastic Path Commerce Development

Registering Entity Beans

Registering Entity Beans

Elastic Path Core Commerce uses the Spring bean factory to create entity beans when required. Default beans are defined in core's commerce-engine/core/-ep-core/src/main/resources/spring/prototypes/prototypes.xml file.

To register entity beans, add the bean definition to your extensions module's Spring configuration file.

If you're overriding an existing bean definition, make sure the bean's id attribute value is the same as the original, and that the class points to your extension class.


Be sure to set the bean's scope attribute to prototype.

For example, prototypes.xml contains the following definition for the product bean:

<bean id="product" scope="prototype" class="com.elasticpath.domain.catalog.impl.ProductImpl"/>

Suppose you override this class with com.extensions.domain.catalog.impl.ExtProductImpl. You just need to add the following bean definition to to your extension Spring configuration:

<bean id="product" scope="prototype" class="com.extensions.domain.catalog.impl.ExtProductImpl"/>
Note: Bean Definition Clutter

Continually adding bean definitions to a single extensions module Spring configuration file can lead to clutter. To avoid this, use Spring's import element, to store your custom and override bean definitions in files within a directory structure that mirrors the default application directory structure.

For example, to override ep-core module bean definitions in the resources/spring/models/domainModel.xml and resources/spring/service/service.xml files, create extension Spring configuration files in the same locations as ep-core with corresponding names that have a prefix of ext- . Then import them into the ep-core-plugin.xml file as follows:

<import resource="classpath*:spring/models/ext-domainModel.xml"/>
<import resource="classpath*:spring/service/ext-service.xml"/>

Note that these files should only contain your custom and overriding bean definitions. Do not include any default bean definitions.

For more information on configuring entity beans, refer to Extending the Domain Model.