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/******************************************************************
 * File:        BindingEnvironment.java
 * Created by:  Dave Reynolds
 * Created on:  30-Mar-03
 * 
 * (c) Copyright 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP
 * [See end of file]
 * $Id: BindingEnvironment.java,v 1.11 2008/01/02 12:07:47 andy_seaborne Exp $
 *****************************************************************/
package com.hp.hpl.jena.reasoner.rulesys;

import com.hp.hpl.jena.graph.*;
import com.hp.hpl.jena.reasoner.TriplePattern;

/**
 * Interface through which the current bound values of variables
 * can be found. Many of the details vary between the forward and
 * backward chaining system - this interface is the minimal one needed
 * by most builtins the specific implementations offer richer functionality.
 * 
 * @author <a href="mailto:der@hplb.hpl.hp.com">Dave Reynolds</a>
 * @version $Revision: 1.11 $ on $Date: 2008/01/02 12:07:47 $
 */
public interface BindingEnvironment {
        
    /**
     * Return the most ground version of the node. If the node is not a variable
     * just return it, if it is a varible bound in this environment return the binding,
     * if it is an unbound variable return the variable.
     */
    public Node getGroundVersion(Node node);
    
    /**
     * Bind a variable in the current envionment to the given value.
     * Checks that the new binding is compatible with any current binding.
     * @param var a Node_RuleVariable defining the variable to bind
     * @param value the value to bind
     * @return false if the binding fails
     */
    public boolean bind(Node var, Node value);
    
    /**
      * Instantiate a triple pattern against the current environment.
      * This version handles unbound varibles by turning them into bNodes.
      * @param pattern the triple pattern to match
      * @return a new, instantiated triple
      */
     public Triple instantiate(TriplePattern pattern);
         
}

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