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Spring Framework example source code file (BeanDefinitionParser.java)

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The Spring Framework BeanDefinitionParser.java source code

/*
 * Copyright 2002-2006 the original author or authors.
 *
 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 * You may obtain a copy of the License at
 *
 *      http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
 *
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 * WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
 * See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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package org.springframework.beans.factory.xml;

import org.w3c.dom.Element;

import org.springframework.beans.factory.config.BeanDefinition;

/**
 * Interface used by the
 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.xml.DefaultBeanDefinitionDocumentReader} to
 * handle custom, top-level (directly under <code><beans>) tags.
 *
 * <p>Implementations are free to turn the metadata in the custom tag into as many
 * {@link BeanDefinition BeanDefinitions} as required.
 *
 * <p>The parser locates a {@link BeanDefinitionParser} from the associated
 * {@link NamespaceHandler} for the namespace in which the custom tag resides.
 *
 * @author Rob Harrop
 * @since 2.0
 * @see NamespaceHandler
 * @see org.springframework.beans.factory.xml.BeanDefinitionDecorator
 * @see AbstractBeanDefinitionParser
 */
public interface BeanDefinitionParser {

	/**
	 * Parse the specified {@link Element} and register the resulting
	 * {@link BeanDefinition BeanDefinition(s)} with the
	 * {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.xml.ParserContext#getRegistry()} BeanDefinitionRegistry}
	 * embedded in the supplied {@link ParserContext}.
	 * <p>Implementations must return the primary {@link BeanDefinition} that results
	 * from the parse if they will ever be used in a nested fashion (for example as
	 * an inner tag in a <code><property/> tag). Implementations may return
	 * <code>null if they will not be used in a nested fashion.
	 * @param element the element that is to be parsed into one or more {@link BeanDefinition BeanDefinitions}
	 * @param parserContext the object encapsulating the current state of the parsing process;
	 * provides access to a {@link org.springframework.beans.factory.support.BeanDefinitionRegistry}
	 * @return the primary {@link BeanDefinition}
	 */
	BeanDefinition parse(Element element, ParserContext parserContext);

}

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