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CommandLineArgumentsPicoContainer is a special type of PicoContainer that processes the arguments passed into from the command line, and sets them up as configuration for other components.

Here is an example of how to use CommandLineArgumentsPicoContainer to map command line arguments as configuration for a component, with parameter names as the bindings.

Consider this component:

public class BigFatComponent { 
  URL spellWebService; 
  int timeout;
  public BigFatComponent(String spellingWebServiceURL, int timeout) throws MalformedURLExeption {
    this.spellWebService = new URL(spellingWebServiceURL); 
    this.timeout = timeout;
  public String toString() { 
    return "URL=" + spellWebService + ", timeout=" + timeout; 
  // other methods 

For automatic binding of command line arguments to parameter names of the component:

public static void main(String[] args) { 
  PicoContainer argsContainer = new CommandLineArgumentsPicoContainer(args); 
  MutablePicoContainer mpc = new DefaultPicoContainer(argsContainer);; 
  Object o = mpc.getComponent(BigFatComponent.class); 
java -jar myAppJar.jar -cp picocontainer-2.x.jar timeout=100 spellingWebServiceURL=

Here is another manual use forcing an association between a item in the properties file, and the relative position of a parameter in the constructor:

mpc.addComponent(BigFatComponent.class, ConfigParameter("config1"), ConfigParameter("moreConfig"));
java -jar myAppJar.jar -cp picocontainer-2.x.jar config1= moreConfig=100

Type conversion is automatic in many cases. Properties in a properties file are clearly strings. Parameters can be any of:

CommandLineArgumentsPicoContainer can be part of a tree of containers. It makes sense, of course, being more near the root of that tree.