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Core Java™ 2 Volume II - Advanced Features, Seventh Edition by Gary Cornell, Cay S. Horstmann

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BeanInfo Classes

You have already seen that if you use the standard naming patterns for the methods of your bean class, then a builder tool can use reflection to determine features such as properties and events. This process makes it simple to get started with bean programming, but naming patterns are rather limiting in the end. As your beans become complex, there may be features of your bean that naming patterns will not reveal. Moreover, as we already mentioned, many beans have get/set method pairs that should not correspond to bean properties.

Luckily, the JavaBeans specification allows a far more flexible and powerful mechanism for storing information about your bean for use by a builder. You can define an object that implements the BeanInfo ...

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