Spring @Autowired constructor gives No default constructor found

Some strange behavior from Spring 3.0 here.

package com.service.schedule;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;

public class OutroJob {

    public void printMe() {



package com.service.schedule;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.annotation.Autowired;
import org.springframework.beans.factory.xml.XmlBeanFactory;
import org.springframework.core.io.ClassPathResource;
import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;

public class TesteAutowired {

    public TesteAutowired(OutroJob outroJob) {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        ClassPathResource res = new ClassPathResource("applicationContext.xml");
        XmlBeanFactory ctx = new XmlBeanFactory(res);

        OutroJob outroJob = (OutroJob) ctx.getBean("outroJob");
        outroJob.printMe(); // gives: running...


None of these beans are declared on applicationContext.xml

So, line outroJob.printMe(); works fine... prints "running..."

But when I try to get the "testeAutowired" bean, it says:

Could not instantiate bean class [com.service.schedule.TesteAutowired]: No default constructor found; nested exception is java.lang.NoSuchMethodException: com.service.schedule.TesteAutowired.

The question is: why, if Spring found the "outroJob" bean it doesn't autowired it on the TesteAutowired constructor ?

It seems obvious what it has to do...


Try using ApplicationContext instead of XmlBeanFactory. XmlBeanFactory doesn't postprocess annotations ie doesn't use AutowiredAnnotationBeanPostProcessor which would explain the behaviour you're experiencing.

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