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package org.apache.mina.handler.demux;

import org.apache.mina.core.session.IoSession;

/**
 * A handler interface that {@link DemuxingIoHandler} forwards
 * <tt>messageReceived</tt> or <tt>messageSent</tt> events to.  You have to
 * register your handler with the type of the message you want to get notified
 * using {@link DemuxingIoHandler#addReceivedMessageHandler(Class, MessageHandler)}
 * or {@link DemuxingIoHandler#addSentMessageHandler(Class, MessageHandler)}.
 *
 * @author <a href="http://mina.apache.org">Apache MINA Project</a>
 */
public interface MessageHandler<E> {
    /**
     * A {@link MessageHandler} that does nothing.  This is useful when
     * you want to ignore a message of a specific type silently.
     */
    static MessageHandler<Object> NOOP = new MessageHandler<Object>() {
        public void handleMessage(IoSession session, Object message) {
            // Do nothing
        }
    };

    /**
     * Invoked when the specific type of message is received from or sent to
     * the specified <code>session</code>.
     * 
     * @param session the associated {@link IoSession}
     * @param message the message to decode. Its type is set by the implementation
     * @throws Exception if there is an error during the message processing
     */
    void handleMessage(IoSession session, E message) throws Exception;
}
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