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package net.sf.jasperreports.engine.util.xml;

import net.sf.jasperreports.engine.JRException;
import net.sf.jasperreports.engine.data.JRXmlDataSource;

import org.w3c.dom.Node;
import org.w3c.dom.NodeList;


/**
 * An XPath expression executer.
 * <p/>
 * {@link JRXmlDataSource XML data sources} delegate XPath executions to implementations
 * of this interface.
 * 
 * @author Lucian Chirita (lucianc@users.sourceforge.net)
 * @version $Id: JRXPathExecuter.java 3034 2009-08-27 11:58:04Z teodord $
 * @see JRXPathExecuterFactory
 * @see JRXPathExecuterUtils
 */
public interface JRXPathExecuter
{

  /**
   * Selects a node list by evaluating an XPath expression on a context node.
   * 
   * @param contextNode the context node (a document can also be used)
   * @param expression the XPath expression
   * @return the selected node list
   * @throws JRException if the XPath evaluation failed
   */
  NodeList selectNodeList(Node contextNode, String expression) throws JRException;

  
  /**
   * Selects an object by evaluating an XPath expression on a context node.
   * <p/>
   * If the expression evaluates to a node list, the first node in the list should be returned.
   * Otherwise, the primitive value resulted from the evaluation should be returned as a
   * <code>java.lang.String</code>, <code>java.lang.Number</code> or <code>java.lang.Boolean</code>.
   * 
   * @param contextNode the context node (a document can also be used)
   * @param expression the XPath expression
   * @return the selected node or value
   * @throws JRException if the XPath evaluation failed
   */
  Object selectObject(Node contextNode, String expression) throws JRException;

}
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