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ExternalResourceDescription.java

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package org.apache.uima.resource;

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

/**
 * An <code>ExternalResourceDescription</code> object describes a resource that is loaded in the
 * {@link org.apache.uima.resource.ResourceManager} and may be shared between components. This
 * object has four properties:
 * <ul>
 * <li>A name, used to identify the resource.</li>
 * <li>A textual description of the resource.</li>
 * <li>A {@link org.apache.uima.resource.ResourceSpecifier} that describes how to create the
 * resource (for simple data resources this will be a
 * {@link org.apache.uima.resource.FileResourceSpecifier} that contains a URL to the data file.</li>
 * <li>The name of a Java class that implements the specified interface and which also implements
 * {@link org.apache.uima.resource.SharedResourceObject}. </li>
 * </ul>
 * 
 * 
 */
00040 public interface ExternalResourceDescription extends MetaDataObject {

  /**
   * Retrieves the name by which the resource is identified.
   * 
   * @return the name of this resource.
   */
  public String getName();

  /**
   * Sets the name by which the resource is identified.
   * 
   * @param aName
   *          the name of this resource.
   */
  public void setName(String aName);

  /**
   * Retrieves the textual description of the resource.
   * 
   * @return the textual description of the resource.
   */
  public String getDescription();

  /**
   * Retrieves the textual description of the resource.
   * 
   * @param aDescription
   *          the textual description of the resource.
   */
  public void setDescription(String aDescription);

  /**
   * Retrieves the <code>ResourceSpecifier</code> that describes how to create the resource.
   * 
   * @return the <code>ResourceSpecifier</code> for this external resource
   */
  public ResourceSpecifier getResourceSpecifier();

  /**
   * Sets the <code>ResourceSpecifier</code> that describes how to create the resource.
   * 
   * @param aSpecifier
   *          the <code>ResourceSpecifier</code> for this external resource
   * 
   * @throws org.apache.uima.UIMA_UnsupportedOperationException
   *           if this object is not modifiable
   */
  public void setResourceSpecifier(ResourceSpecifier aSpecifier);

  /**
   * Retrieves the name of the Java class to be instantiated from the resource data. This must
   * extend {@link org.apache.uima.resource.SharedResourceObject} as well as the interface specified
   * by {@link ExternalResourceDependency#getInterfaceName()}.
   * 
   * @return the name of the Java class implementing the resource access
   */
  public String getImplementationName();

  /**
   * Sets the name of the Java class to be instantiated from the resource data. This must extend
   * {@link org.apache.uima.resource.SharedResourceObject} as well as the interface specified by
   * {@link ExternalResourceDependency#getInterfaceName()}.
   * 
   * @param aName
   *          the name of the Java class implementing the resource access
   * 
   * @throws org.apache.uima.UIMA_UnsupportedOperationException
   *           if this object is not modifiable
   */
  public void setImplementationName(String aName);

}

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