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CasConsumer.java

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package org.apache.uima.collection;

import org.apache.uima.collection.base_cpm.CasObjectProcessor;
import org.apache.uima.resource.ConfigurableResource;

/**
 * Any component that operates on analysis results produced by a UIMA analysis engine. CAS Consumers
 * read analysis results from the CAS but may not modify the CAS. (They are read-only CAS
 * Processors.)
 * <p>
 * CAS Consumers may be registered with a {@link CollectionProcessingManager} (CPM). During
 * collection processing, the CPM will pass each CAS from its Analysis Engine to each CAS consumer's
 * process method. The CAS consumer can extract information from the CAS and do anything it wants
 * with that information; commonly CAS consumers will build aggregate data structures such as search
 * engine indices or glossaries.
 * <p>
 * <code>CasConsumer</code>s are also UIMA {@link ConfigurableResource}s, and can be
 * instantiated from descriptors. See
 * {@link org.apache.uima.util.XMLParser#parseCasConsumerDescription(XMLInputSource)} and
 * {@link org.apache.uima.UIMAFramework#produceCasConsumer(ResourceSpecifier,Map)} for more
 * information.
 * 
 * 
 */
00044 public interface CasConsumer extends ConfigurableResource, CasObjectProcessor {

  /**
   * Must return true. By contract, CAS Consumers must be read only.
   * 
   * @see org.apache.uima.collection.base_cpm.CasProcessor#isReadOnly()
   */
  public boolean isReadOnly();

}

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