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AnalysisEngineMetaData.java

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package org.apache.uima.analysis_engine.metadata;

import org.apache.uima.resource.metadata.ProcessingResourceMetaData;

/**
 * Encapsulates all of the metadata for an Analysis Engine.
 * 
 * As with all {@link org.apache.uima.resource.metadata.MetaDataObject}s, an
 * <code>AnalysisEngineMetaData</code> may or may not be modifiable. An application can find out
 * by calling the {@link #isModifiable()} method.
 * 
 * 
 */
00033 public interface AnalysisEngineMetaData extends ProcessingResourceMetaData {

  /**
   * Determines if this AnalysisEngine supports asynchronous communication. Not yet implemented;
   * reserved for furture use.
   * 
   * @return true if and only if this AnalysisEngine supports asynchronous communication
   */
  public boolean isAsynchronousModeSupported();

  /**
   * Sets whether this AnalysisEngine supports asynchronous communication. If this is set to true
   * then the AnalysisEngine should implement the <code>AsynchronousAnalysisEngine</code>
   * interface (not yet impleneted).
   * 
   * @param aSupported
   *          true if and only if this AnalysisEngine supports asynchronous communication
   * 
   * @throws org.apache.uima.UIMA_UnsupportedOperationException
   *           if this <code>MetaDataObject</code> is not modifiable.
   */
  public void setAsynchronousModeSupported(boolean aSupported);

  /**
   * For an aggregate AnalysisEngine only, gets the constraints on the execution sequence of the
   * delegate AnalysisEngines within the aggregate. Flow constraints are optional. If provided they
   * may be used by the {@link org.apache.uima.flow.FlowController}, the component which ultimately
   * determines the flow.
   * <p>
   * The returned <code>FlowConstraints</code> object refers to the delgate AnalysisEngines using
   * String keys. These are the keys used to refer to the delegate AnalysisEngines in the
   * {@link org.apache.uima.analysis_engine.AnalysisEngineDescription#getDelegateAnalysisEngineSpecifiers()}
   * map.
   * 
   * @return the flow constraints for the AnalysisEngine, or <code>null</code> if no flow
   *         constraints are published by this AnalysisEngine.
   */
  public FlowConstraints getFlowConstraints();

  /**
   * For an aggregate AnalysisEngine only, sets the constraints on the execution sequence of the
   * delegate AnalysisEngines within the aggregate.Flow constraints are optional. If provided they
   * may be used by the {@link org.apache.uima.flow.FlowController}, the component which ultimately
   * determines the flow.
   * <p>
   * The returned <code>FlowConstraints</code> object refers to the delgate AnalysisEngines using
   * String keys. These are the keys used to refer to the delegate AnalysisEngines in the
   * {@link org.apache.uima.analysis_engine.AnalysisEngineDescription#getDelegateAnalysisEngineSpecifiers()}
   * map.
   * 
   * @param aFlowConstraints
   *          the flow constraints for the AnalysisEngine, or <code>null</code> if there are no
   *          flow constraints
   * 
   * @throws org.apache.uima.UIMA_UnsupportedOperationException
   *           if this <code>MetaDataObject</code> is not modifiable.
   */
  public void setFlowConstraints(FlowConstraints aFlowConstraints);

  /**
   * For an aggregate AnalysisEngine only, gets the metadata of the delegate AnalysisEngines.
   * <p>
   * Publishing this information is optional; some implementations may always return null here.
   * 
   * @return an array of delegate AnalysisEngine metadata, or <code>null</code> if that
   *         information is not available.
   */
  public AnalysisEngineMetaData[] getDelegateAnalysisEngineMetaData();
}

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