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package org.apache.uima.cas;

 * The base interface extended by all CAS (Common Analysis System) interfaces in the UIMA SDK. A CAS
 * is an object that provides access to an artifact and metadata about that artifact. Analysis
 * Components, such as Annotators, read from a CAS interface in order to do their analysis and may
 * write new metadata back to the CAS interface.
 * <p>
 * The UIMA SDK provides the CAS interfaces {@link org.apache.uima.jcas.JCas} and
 * {@link org.apache.uima.cas.CAS}, but in future versions, other CAS interfaces may be available.
00031 public interface AbstractCas {

   * Indicates that the caller is done using this CAS. Some CAS instances may be pooled, in which
   * case this method returns this CAS to the pool that owns it.
  void release();

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