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package org.picocontainer;

 * A component adapter is responsible for providing a specific component instance. An instance of an implementation of
 * this interface is used inside a {@link PicoContainer} for every registered component or instance.  Each
 * <code>ComponentAdapter</code> instance has to have a key which is unique within that container. The key itself is
 * either a class type (normally an interface) or an identifier.
 * @author Jon Tirs&eacute;n
 * @author Paul Hammant
 * @author Aslak Helles&oslash;y
 * @version $Revision: 1801 $
 * @see MutablePicoContainer an extension of the PicoContainer interface which allows you to modify the contents of the
 *      container.
 * @since 1.0
public interface ComponentAdapter {
     * Retrieve the key associated with the component.
     * @return the component's key. Should either be a class type (normally an interface) or an identifier that is
     *         unique (within the scope of the current PicoContainer).
    Object getComponentKey();

     * Retrieve the class of the component.
     * @return the component's implementation class. Should normally be a concrete class (ie, a class that can be
     *         instantiated).
    Class getComponentImplementation();

     * Retrieve the component instance. This method will usually create a new instance each time it is called, but that
     * is not required. For example, {@link org.picocontainer.defaults.CachingComponentAdapter} will always return the
     * same instance.
     * @param container the {@link PicoContainer}, that is used to resolve any possible dependencies of the instance.
     * @return the component instance.
     * @throws PicoInitializationException if the component could not be instantiated.
     * @throws PicoIntrospectionException  if the component has dependencies which could not be resolved, or
     *                                     instantiation of the component lead to an ambigous situation within the
     *                                     container.
    Object getComponentInstance(PicoContainer container) throws PicoInitializationException, PicoIntrospectionException;

     * Verify that all dependencies for this adapter can be satisifed. Normally, the adapter should verify this by
     * checking that the associated PicoContainer contains all the needed dependnecies.
     * @param container the {@link PicoContainer}, that is used to resolve any possible dependencies of the instance.
     * @throws PicoIntrospectionException if one or more dependencies cannot be resolved.
    void verify(PicoContainer container) throws PicoIntrospectionException;

     * Accepts a visitor for this ComponentAdapter. The method is normally called by visiting a {@link PicoContainer}, that 
     * cascades the visitor also down to all its ComponentAdapter instances.
     * @param visitor the visitor.
     * @since 1.1
    void accept(PicoVisitor visitor);
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