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* This interface is implemented by those classes that change
* their behavior/results over time (non-ergodic).
* @author <a href="mailto:email@example.com">Stefano Mazzocchi</a>
* @author <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">Pierpaolo Fumagalli</a>
* @version CVS $Id: Modifiable.java 433543 2006-08-22 06:22:54Z crossley $
public interface Modifiable
* Queries the class to estimate its ergodic period termination.
* This method is called to ensure the validity of a cached product. It
* is the class responsibility to provide the fastest possible
* implementation of this method or, whether this is not possible and the
* costs of the change evaluation is comparable to the production costs,
* to return <b>true</b> directly with no further delay, thus reducing
* the evaluation overhead to a minimum.
* @return <b>true</b> if the class ergodic period is over and the class
* would behave differently if processed again, <b>false</b> if the
* resource is still ergodic so that it doesn't require
boolean modifiedSince( long date );