As detailed in Section 5.15, “Additional Capabilities of the ApplicationContext”, ApplicationContext instances in Spring can be scoped. In the Web MVC framework, each DispatcherServlet has its own WebApplicationContext, which inherits all the beans already defined in the root WebApplicationContext

I can't figure out what the "scoped" mean in this sentence...does it mean range or extent?

  • To look at or examine thoroughly (0LED).
    – Khan
    Feb 17, 2015 at 2:51

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Scope in programming lingo has a special meaning.

From Wikipedia's Scope (computer programming):

In computer programming, the scope of a name binding – an association of a name to an entity, such as a variable – is the part of a computer program where the binding is valid: where the name can be used to refer to the entity.

I hate just pasting whole wiki pages so I think you'll get the most out of reading the definition there as I'm not particularly versed in programming lingo.

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