org.exolab.castor.mapping
Interface MappingLoader

All Known Implementing Classes:
AbstractMappingLoader, AbstractMappingLoader2, JDOMappingLoader, XMLMappingLoader

public interface MappingLoader

Provides the mapping descriptor for Java classes. The engines use resolvers to obtain the mapping descriptor for a particular Java class, or to list all the known descriptors. Although the interface is identical, each engine will use a resolver that returns class descriptor suitable for that particular engine. Resolvers are immutable and engines need not cache the returned descriptors.

Version:
$Revision: 8689 $ $Date: 2003-03-03 00:05:44 -0700 (Mon, 03 Mar 2003) $
Author:
Assaf Arkin

Method Summary
 void clear()
           
 BindingType getBindingType()
           
 java.lang.ClassLoader getClassLoader()
          Returns the class loader associated with this mapping loader if one was specified.
 ClassDescriptor getDescriptor(java.lang.String classname)
          Returns the ClassDescriptor for the class with the given name.
 java.util.List<ClassDescriptor> getDescriptors()
          Returns a List of ClassDescriptors of all known descriptors.
 java.lang.String getSourceType()
           
 void setClassLoader(java.lang.ClassLoader loader)
           
 

Method Detail

getBindingType

BindingType getBindingType()

getSourceType

java.lang.String getSourceType()

clear

void clear()

setClassLoader

void setClassLoader(java.lang.ClassLoader loader)

getClassLoader

java.lang.ClassLoader getClassLoader()
Returns the class loader associated with this mapping loader if one was specified. This is the class loader used to load all the classes mapped by this mapping loader. May be null if no class loader was specified or in certain JVMs.


getDescriptor

ClassDescriptor getDescriptor(java.lang.String classname)
Returns the ClassDescriptor for the class with the given name. If no such ClassDescriptor exists, within the set of mappings for this MappingLoader, null will be returned.

Parameters:
classname - The className for which to return the associated ClassDescriptor.
Returns:
The ClassDescriptor or null if not found.

getDescriptors

java.util.List<ClassDescriptor> getDescriptors()
Returns a List of ClassDescriptors of all known descriptors.

Returns:
List of ClassDescriptor


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