9.2.8. Stereotypes

9.2.8.1. About Stereotypes

In many systems, use of architectural patterns produces a set of recurring bean roles. A stereotype allows you to identify such a role and declare some common metadata for beans with that role in a central place.
A stereotype encapsulates any combination of:
  • default scope
  • a set of interceptor bindings
A stereotype may also specify either of these two scenarios:
  • all beans with the stereotype have defaulted bean EL names
  • all beans with the stereotype are alternatives
A bean may declare zero, one or multiple stereotypes. Stereotype annotations may be applied to a bean class or producer method or field.
A stereotype is an annotation, annotated @Stereotype, that packages several other annotations.
A class that inherits a scope from a stereotype may override that stereotype and specify a scope directly on the bean.
In addition, if a stereotype has a @Named annotation, any bean it is placed on has a default bean name. The bean may override this name if the @Named annotation is specified directly on the bean. For more information about named beans, see Section 9.2.7.1, “About Named Beans”.