Lazy Initialized Beans

By default, the container creates and configures all singleton beans during initialization. To avoid this, you can use the lazy-init attribute with value true on the bean configuration:

<bean id="item1" class="" lazy-init="true" />

As a consequence, the item1 bean will be initialized only when it’s first requested, and not at startup. The advantage of this is faster initialization time, but the trade-off is that configuration errors may be discovered only after the bean is requested, which could be several hours or even days after the application has already been running.