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package org.apache.commons.scxml;

import org.w3c.dom.Node;

/**
 * Interface for a component that may be used by the SCXML engines to
 * evaluate the expressions within the SCXML document.
 *
 */
public interface Evaluator {

    /**
     * Evaluate an expression.
     *
     * @param ctx variable context
     * @param expr expression
     * @return a result of the evaluation
     * @throws SCXMLExpressionException A malformed exception
     */
    Object eval(Context ctx, String expr)
    throws SCXMLExpressionException;

    /**
     * Evaluate a condition.
     * Manifests as "cond" attributes of <transition>,
     * <if> and <elseif> elements.
     *
     * @param ctx variable context
     * @param expr expression
     * @return true/false
     * @throws SCXMLExpressionException A malformed exception
     */
    Boolean evalCond(Context ctx, String expr)
    throws SCXMLExpressionException;

    /**
     * Evaluate a location that returns a Node within an XML data tree.
     * Manifests as "location" attributes of <assign> element.
     *
     * @param ctx variable context
     * @param expr expression
     * @return The location node.
     * @throws SCXMLExpressionException A malformed exception
     */
    Node evalLocation(Context ctx, String expr)
    throws SCXMLExpressionException;

    /**
     * Create a new child context.
     *
     * @param parent parent context
     * @return new child context
     */
    Context newContext(Context parent);

}

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