Java – How to use Guice’s AssistedInject


I've read, but it doesn't say how to pass in the values of the AssistedInject arguments. What would the injector.getInstance() call look like?

Best Solution

Check the javadoc of FactoryModuleBuilder class.

AssistedInject allows you to dynamically configure Factory for class instead of coding it by yourself. This is often useful when you have an object that has a dependencies that should be injected and some parameters that must be specified during creation of object.

Example from the documentation is a RealPayment

public class RealPayment implements Payment {
   public RealPayment(
      CreditService creditService,
      AuthService authService,
      @Assisted Date startDate,
      @Assisted Money amount) {

See that CreditService and AuthService should be injected by container but startDate and amount should be specified by a developer during the instance creation.

So instead of injecting a Payment you are injecting a PaymentFactory with parameters that are marked as @Assisted in RealPayment

public interface PaymentFactory {
    Payment create(Date startDate, Money amount);

And a factory should be binded

install(new FactoryModuleBuilder()
     .implement(Payment.class, RealPayment.class)

Configured factory can be injected in your classes.

PaymentFactory paymentFactory;

and used in your code

Payment payment = paymentFactory.create(today, price);