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* Definition of an interface for declaring a bean in a configuration file.
* Commons Configurations allows to define beans (i.e. simple Java objects) in
* configuration files, which can be created at runtime. This is especially
* useful if you program against interfaces and want to define the concrete
* implementation class is a configuration file.
* This interface defines methods for retrieving all information about a bean
* that should be created from a configuration file, e.g. the bean's properties
* or the factory to use for creating the instance. With different
* implementations different "layouts" of bean declarations can be
* supported. For instance if an XML configuration file is used, all features of
* XML (e.g. attributes, nested elements) can be used to define the bean. In a
* properties file the declaration format is more limited. The purpose of this
* interface is to abstract from the concrete declaration format.
* @since 1.3
* @author Oliver Heger
* @version $Id: BeanDeclaration.java 439648 2006-09-02 20:42:10Z oheger $
public interface BeanDeclaration
* Returns the name of the <code>BeanFactory</code> that should be used
* for creating the bean instance. This can be <b>null</b>, then a default
* factory will be used.
* @return the name of the bean factory
* Here an arbitrary object can be returned that will be passed to the bean
* factory. Its meaning is not further specified. The purpose of this
* additional parameter is to support a further configuration of the bean
* factory that can be placed directly at the bean declaration.
* @return a parameter for the bean factory
* Returns the name of the bean class, from which an instance is to be
* created. This value must be defined unless a default class is provided
* for the bean creation operation.
* @return the name of the bean class
* Returns a map with properties that should be initialized on the newly
* created bean. The map's keys are the names of the properties; the
* corresponding values are the properties' values. The return value can be
* <b>null</b> if no properties should be set.
* @return a map with properties to be initialized
* Returns a map with declarations for beans that should be set as
* properties of the newly created bean. This allows for complex
* initialization szenarios: a bean for a bean that contains complex
* properties (e.g. other beans) can have nested declarations for defining
* these complex properties. The returned map's key are the names of the
* properties to initialze. The values are <code>BeanDeclaration</code>
* implementations. They will be treated like this declaration (in a
* recursive manner), and the resulting beans are assigned to the
* corresponding properties.
* @return a map with nested bean declarations