Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 8
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Giving Beans EL Names

To make a bean accessible through the EL, use the @Named built-in qualifier:

import javax.enterprise.context.RequestScoped;
import javax.inject.Inject;
import javax.inject.Named;

public class Printer {

    @Inject @Informal Greeting greeting;

The @Named qualifier allows you to access the bean by using the bean name, with the first letter in lowercase. For example, a Facelets page would refer to the bean as printer.

You can specify an argument to the @Named qualifier to use a nondefault name:


With this annotation, the Facelets page would refer to the bean as MyPrinter.

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