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package org.objectweb.asm;

/**
 * A visitor to visit a Java annotation. The methods of this interface must be
 * called in the following order: (<tt>visit<tt> | <tt>visitEnum<tt> | 
 * <tt>visitAnnotation<tt> | <tt>visitArray<tt>)* <tt>visitEnd<tt>.
 *
 * @author Eric Bruneton
 * @author Eugene Kuleshov
 */
public interface AnnotationVisitor {

    /**
     * Visits a primitive value of the annotation.
     * 
     * @param name the value name.
     * @param value the actual value, whose type must be {@link Byte},
     *        {@link Boolean}, {@link Character}, {@link Short},
     *        {@link Integer}, {@link Long}, {@link Float}, {@link Double},
     *        {@link String} or {@link Type}. This value can also be an array
     *        of byte, boolean, short, char, int, long, float or double values
     *        (this is equivalent to using {@link #visitArray visitArray} and
     *        visiting each array element in turn, but is more convenient).
     */
    void visit(String name, Object value);

    /**
     * Visits an enumeration value of the annotation.
     * 
     * @param name the value name.
     * @param desc the class descriptor of the enumeration class.
     * @param value the actual enumeration value.
     */
    void visitEnum(String name, String desc, String value);

    /**
     * Visits a nested annotation value of the annotation.
     * 
     * @param name the value name.
     * @param desc the class descriptor of the nested annotation class.
     * @return a visitor to visit the actual nested annotation value, or
     *         <tt>null</tt> if this visitor is not interested in visiting
     *         this nested annotation. <i>The nested annotation value must be
     *         fully visited before calling other methods on this annotation
     *         visitor</i>.
     */
    AnnotationVisitor visitAnnotation(String name, String desc);

    /**
     * Visits an array value of the annotation. Note that arrays of primitive
     * types (such as byte, boolean, short, char, int, long, float or double)
     * can be passed as value to {@link #visit visit}. This is what
     * {@link ClassReader} does.
     * 
     * @param name the value name.
     * @return a visitor to visit the actual array value elements, or
     *         <tt>null</tt> if this visitor is not interested in visiting
     *         these values. The 'name' parameters passed to the methods of this
     *         visitor are ignored. <i>All the array values must be visited
     *         before calling other methods on this annotation visitor</i>.
     */
    AnnotationVisitor visitArray(String name);

    /**
     * Visits the end of the annotation.
     */
    void visitEnd();
}
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