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    I'm working with an application that was orginally developed using Spring 2.5 (not using annotations). The Spring 2.5 libraries have been replaced with the 3.1 libraries. In any new code, I want to use annotations. I understood the constructs for Spring 2.5, but am just now starting to use annotations. I can do a simple controller application, but I've run into something that I can't wrap my head around. I have a rich set of methods in the existing controllers configured with XML that extend SimpleFormController that I want to re-use. I created a new controller using annotations and extended an existing controller, but it seems the new controller is not referencing the base controller that was created. I can reference protected attributes, but they are null and I've verified the the old controller is still being constructed with valid attributes. I know that I could make the old controller an attribute of the new (composition over inheritance), but this has become a challenge. I know there has to be a way to do this I just don't know enough about the annotations to make it work. Here what I'm asking, how do I annotate MyNewController to access the BaseC attribute that is created by Spring?

    public class BaseC extends SimpleFormController{
    protected MyAttribType type; // this not null for the base
    public void doStuff() {

    public void setType(MyAttribType t) {
    type = t;

    public class MyNewController extends BaseC {

    @RequestMapping(method = POST, value="execute.htm")
    public void process() {
    if (type == null) {
    System.out.println("TYPE IS NULL"); // this is what happens
    } else {
    System.out.println("TYPE NOT NULL");