IDEs like eclipse have that fance feature to follow a method-call by Ctrl-click or to find callers using Ctrl+Shift+G.
In *.spring.xml one can Ctrl-click on a referenced class. That is fine.
Is there anyway to find out something about references between beans?
Where is this bean referenced in other .spring.xmls?
Where is this bean reference defined?Answer1:
The closest to it is <strong>Spring Explorer View found in Spring Tool Suite</strong>. There you can explore your bean configurations and even see the Dependency graph (graphical representation of your bean configuration)
STS is SpringSource's build of Eclipse which includes Spring tools and a lot more. It can be downloaded for free from <a href="http://www.springsource.com/downloads/sts" rel="nofollow">http://www.springsource.com/downloads/sts</a>Answer2:
IntelliJ IDEA also has <a href="http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/webhelp/spring-dependencies-diagram.html" rel="nofollow">Spring bean dependency graph viewer</a>.