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FeatureValue.java

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package org.apache.uima.cas_data;

import java.io.Serializable;

/**
 * The base interface for the value of a feature. Feature values will be implement one of three
 * subinterfaces:
 * <ul>
 * <li>{@link PrimitiveValue} (string, integer, float)</li>
 * <li>{@link ReferenceValue} (reference, via ID, to another feature structure)</li>
 * </ul>
 * <p>
 * Note that arrays are represented as FeatureStructures, not primitive values. Therefore features
 * with array values will be of type {@link ReferenceValue}, where the reference will resolve to an
 * instance of {@link PrimitiveArrayFS} or {@link ReferenceArrayFS}.
 * 
 * 
 */
00038 public interface FeatureValue extends Serializable {
  /**
   * Gets the feature value as a Java object.
   * 
   * @return the feature value.
   */
  public Object get();
}

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