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Resource.java
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package org.pentaho.reporting.libraries.resourceloader;

import java.io.Serializable;

/**
 * A resource is a wrapper around the final product. It shall not hold any
 * references to the ResourceData object used to create the resource (to allow
 * efficient 2-stage caching).
 *
 * Although this interfaces declares to be serializable, this might not be the
 * case for some of the content contained in the resource object. Cache
 * implementors should be aware of that issue and should act accordingly
 * (for instance by not caching that object).
 *
 * @author Thomas Morgner
 */
00034 public interface Resource extends Serializable
{
  public Object getResource () throws ResourceException;

  public Class getTargetType();

  public boolean isTemporaryResult();
  
  public long getVersion(ResourceKey key);

  /**
   * The primary source is also included in this set. The dependencies are
   * given as ResourceKey objects. The keys itself do not hold any state
   * information.
   *
   * The dependencies do not track deep dependencies. So if Resource A depends
   * on Resource B which depends on Resource C, then A only knows about B, not
   * C.
   *
   * @return
   */
  public ResourceKey[] getDependencies();
  public ResourceKey getSource();
}

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