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OperationalProperties.java

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package org.apache.uima.resource.metadata;

import org.apache.uima.analysis_engine.AnalysisEngine;
import org.apache.uima.cas.CAS;

/**
 * Operational Properties for a UIMA component.
 */
00028 public interface OperationalProperties {
  /**
   * Gets whether this component will modify the CAS.
   * 
   * @return true if this component modifies the CAS, false if it does not.
   */
  public boolean getModifiesCas();

  /**
   * Sets whether this component will modify the CAS.
   * 
   * @param aModifiesCas
   *          true if this component modifies the CAS, false if it does not.
   */
  public void setModifiesCas(boolean aModifiesCas);

  /**
   * Gets whether multiple instances of this component can be run in parallel, each receiving a
   * subset of the documents from a collection.
   * 
   * @return true if multiple instances can be run in parallel, false if not
   */
  public boolean isMultipleDeploymentAllowed();

  /**
   * Sets whether multiple instances of this component can be run in parallel, each receiving a
   * subset of the documents from a collection.
   * 
   * @param aMultipleDeploymentAllowed
   *          true if multiple instances can be run in parallel, false if not
   */
  public void setMultipleDeploymentAllowed(boolean aMultipleDeploymentAllowed);

  /**
   * Gets whether this AnalysisEngine may output new CASes. If this property is set to true, an
   * application can use the {@link AnalysisEngine#processAndOutputNewCASes(CAS)} to pass a CAS to
   * this this AnalysisEngine and then step through all of the output CASes that it produces. For
   * example, such an AnalysisEngine could segment a CAS into smaller pieces, emitting each as a
   * separate CAS.
   * 
   * @return true if this component may output new CASes, false if it does not
   */
  public boolean getOutputsNewCASes();

  /**
   * Sets whether this AnalysisEngine may output new CASes. If this property is set to true, an
   * application can use the {@link AnalysisEngine#processAndOutputNewCASes(CAS)} to pass a CAS to
   * this this AnalysisEngine and then step through all of the output CASes that it produces. For
   * example, such an AnalysisEngine could segment a CAS into smaller pieces, emitting each as a
   * separate CAS.
   * 
   * @param aOutputsNewCASes
   *          true if this component may output new CASes, false if it does not
   */
  public void setOutputsNewCASes(boolean aOutputsNewCASes);
}

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