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package org.apache.uima;

import java.util.Map;

import org.apache.uima.resource.Resource;
import org.apache.uima.resource.ResourceInitializationException;
import org.apache.uima.resource.ResourceSpecifier;

 * A <code>ResourceFactory</code> is used to acquire instances of {@link Resource}s.
 * <p>
 * The method {@link #produceResource(Class,ResourceSpecifier,Map)} is used to produce an instance
 * of a <code>Resource<code>.  The input to this method
 * is a {@link ResourceSpecifier}, which contains all of the information that
 * this factory can use to acquire a reference to the resource.
 * <p>
 * Most applications will not need to interact with this interface.
 * Applications will generally create resources using the static methods on
 * the {@link org.apache.uima.UIMAFramework} class.
 * <p>
 * Note that multiple threads may attempt to manufacture resources
 * simulatenously, so implementations of this interface MUST be threadsafe.
 * <p>
 * Developers needing to provide their own <code>ResourceFactory</code> may
 * wish to consider using the provided 
 * {@link org.apache.uima.util.SimpleResourceFactory} implementation.
00049 public interface ResourceFactory {
   * Produces an appropriate <code>Resource</code> instance from a <code>ResourceSpecifier</code>.
   * This version of <code>produceResource</code> takes a Map containing additional parameters to
   * be passed to the {@link Resource#initialize(ResourceSpecifier,Map)} method.
   * @param aResourceClass
   *          the class of resource to be produced (NOTE: this is intended to be a standard UIMA
   *          interface name such as "TextAnalysisEngine" or "ASB")
   * @param aSpecifier
   *          an object that specifies how to acquire an instance of a <code>Resource</code>.
   * @param aAdditionalParams
   *          a Map containing additional parameters to pass to the
   *          {@link Resource#initialize(ResourceSpecifier,Map)} method. May be <code>null</code>
   *          if there are no parameters.
   * @return a <code>Resource</code> instance. Returns <code>null</code> if this factory does
   *         not know how to create a Resource from the <code>ResourceSpecifier</code> provided.
   * @throws ResourceInitializationException
   *           if a failure occurred during production of the resource
  public Resource produceResource(Class<? extends Resource> aResourceClass, ResourceSpecifier aSpecifier,
          Map<String, Object> aAdditionalParams) throws ResourceInitializationException;


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