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Step.java

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package org.apache.uima.flow;

/**
 * Represents the next destination or destinations to which a CAS should be routed. A
 * <code>Step</code> is the output of the {@link Flow#next()} method. A Flow should output an
 * instance of a concrete class that extends Step. Currently, these are:
 * <ul>
 * <li>{@link SimpleStep} - specifies a single AnalysisEngine to which the CAS should next be
 * routed</li>
 * <li>{@link ParallelStep} - specifies multiple AnalysisEngine to which the CAS should next be
 * routed, where the relative order in which these Analysis Engines execute does not matter.</li>
 * <li>{@link FinalStep} - indicates that there are no more destinations for this CAS.</li>
 * </ul>
 */
00034 public abstract class Step {
}

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