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Core Java® Volume II—Advanced Features, Ninth Edition by Gary Cornell, Cay S. Horstmann

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8.6. BeanInfo Classes

If you use the standard naming patterns for the methods of your bean class, 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. As your beans become complex, there might 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.

If you need a more flexible mechanism for describing information about your bean, define an object that implements the BeanInfo interface. When you provide such an object, a builder tool will consult it about the features that your bean ...

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