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JCasIterator.java

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package org.apache.uima.analysis_engine;

import org.apache.uima.jcas.JCas;

/**
 * An iterator over a collection of JCAS objects. One use for this interface is to allow an
 * application to iterate over all of the CASes produced by as output of the
 * {@link AnalysisEngine#processAndOutputNewCASes(JCas)} method.
 */
00029 public interface JCasIterator {
  /**
   * Checks if there are more JCASes to be returned by the iterator.
   * 
   * @return true if there are more JCASes to be returned, false if not
   * 
   * @throws AnalysisEngineProcessException
   *           if a failure has occurred during processing. If an exception is thrown, this
   *           indicates that processing has aborted, so no further calls to the JCasIterator
   *           should be made.
   */
  boolean hasNext() throws AnalysisEngineProcessException;

  /**
   * Gets the next JCAS from the iterator.
   * 
   * @return the next JCAS.
   * 
   * @throws AnalysisEngineProcessException
   *           if a failure has occurred during processing. If an exception is thrown, this
   *           indicates that processing has aborted, so no further calls to the JCasIterator
   *           should be made.
   */
  JCas next() throws AnalysisEngineProcessException;

  /**
   * Releases any CASes owned by this JCasIterator. You only need to Call this method if you stop
   * using a CasIterator before you have iterated all the way through.
   */
  public void release();
}

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