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ParameterizedDataResource.java

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package org.apache.uima.resource;

/**
 * A resource that provides access to data, where the data can vary based on parameters. A common
 * example is a dictionary, where the dictionary data is dependent upon the language being analyzed.
 * <p>
 * The {@link #getDataResource(String[])} takes an array of string parameters and returns a
 * {@link DataResource} object that can be used to access the data that is appropriate for those
 * parameter values.
 * 
 * 
 */
00032 public interface ParameterizedDataResource extends Resource {

  /**
   * Gets a {@link DataResource} object that can be used to access the data that is appropriate for
   * the given parameter values.
   * 
   * @param aParams
   *          parameter values
   * 
   * @return an object providing access to the resource data, <code>null</code>
   * 
   * @throws ResourceInitializationException
   *           if no <code>DataResource</code> could be initialized from the specified parameters
   */
  public DataResource getDataResource(String[] aParams) throws ResourceInitializationException;
}

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