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ConfigurationParameterSettings.java

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package org.apache.uima.resource.metadata;

import java.util.Map;

/**
 * The values for {@link ConfigurationParameter}s in a Resource. When the Resource has declared
 * {@link ConfigurationGroup}s, there may be different values for each group.
 * 
 * 
 */
00030 public interface ConfigurationParameterSettings extends MetaDataObject {

  /**
   * Gets the settings for configuration parameters that are not in any group.
   * 
   * @return an array of <code>NameValuePair</code> objects, each of which contains a parameter
   *         name and the value of that parameter
   */
  public NameValuePair[] getParameterSettings();

  /**
   * Sets the settings for configuration parameters that are not in any group.
   * 
   * @param aSettings
   *          an array of <code>NameValuePair</code> objects, each of which contains a parameter
   *          name and the value of that parameter
   */
  public void setParameterSettings(NameValuePair[] aSettings);

  /**
   * Gets the settings for configuration parameters that are defined within groups.
   * 
   * @return a Map with <code>String</code> keys (the group names) and {@link NameValuePair}[]
   *         values (the settings for parameters in that group.
   */
  public Map<String, NameValuePair[]> getSettingsForGroups();

  /**
   * Looks up the value of a parameter. This is a "dumb" getter and does not follow any fallback
   * strategies. It will only return the value of a parameter that is not defined in any group.
   * 
   * @param aParamName
   *          the name of a parameter that is not in any group
   * 
   * @return the value of the parameter with name <code>aParamName</code>
   */
  public Object getParameterValue(String aParamName);

  /**
   * Looks up the value of a parameter in a group. This is a "dumb" getter and does not follow any
   * fallback strategies.
   * 
   * @param aGroupName
   *          the name of a configuration group. If this parameter is
   *          <code>null<code>, this method will return the same value as
   *   {@link #getParameterValue(String)}.
   * @param aParamName the name of a parameter in the group
   * 
   * @return the value of the parameter in group <code>aGroupName</code> with 
   *         name <code>aParamName</code>
   */
  public Object getParameterValue(String aGroupName, String aParamName);

  /**
   * Sets the value of a parameter. This only works for a parameter that is not defined in any
   * group.
   * 
   * @param aParamName
   *          the name of a parameter that is not in any group
   * @param aValue
   *          the value to assign to the parameter
   */
  public void setParameterValue(String aParamName, Object aValue);

  /**
   * Sets the value of a parameter in a group.
   * 
   * @param aGroupName
   *          the name of a configuration group
   * @param aParamName
   *          the name of a parameter in the group
   * @param aValue
   *          the value to assign to the parameter
   */
  public void setParameterValue(String aGroupName, String aParamName, Object aValue);
}

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