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package org.apache.camel;

import java.lang.annotation.Documented;
import java.lang.annotation.ElementType;
import java.lang.annotation.Retention;
import java.lang.annotation.RetentionPolicy;
import java.lang.annotation.Target;

/**
 * An annotation used to mark methods to indicate code capable of being a
 * fallback converter which are then auto-discovered using
 * the <a href="http://camel.apache.org/type-converter.html">Type
 * Conversion Support</a>.
 * <p/>
 * The difference between a regular <tt>@Converter</tt> and a <tt>@FallbackConverter</tt>
 * is that the fallback is resolved at last if no regular converter could be found.
 * Also the method signautre is scoped to be generic to allow handling a broader range
 * of types trying to be converted. The fallback converter can just return <tt>null</tt>
 * if it can not handle the types to convert from/to.
 *
 * @see org.apache.camel.component.file.GenericFileConverter GenericFileConverter for an example.
 *
 * @version $Revision: 738826 $
 */
@Retention(RetentionPolicy.RUNTIME)
@Documented
@Target({ElementType.TYPE, ElementType.METHOD })
public @interface FallbackConverter {
}
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