Class AbstractMetadata

All Implemented Interfaces:
Emptiable, Lenient­Comparable
Direct Known Subclasses:

public abstract class AbstractMetadata extends Object implements LenientComparable, Emptiable
Provides basic operations using Java reflection for metadata implementations. All Abstract­Metadata instances shall be associated to a Metadata­Standard. The metadata standard is given by the get­Standard() method and is typically a constant fixed by the subclass.

There is a large number of Abstract­Metadata subclasses (not necessarily as direct children) for the same standard, where each subclass implement one Java interface defined by the metadata standard. This base class reduces the effort required to implement those metadata interfaces by providing equals(Object), hash­Code() and to­String() implementations. Those methods are implemented using Java reflection for invoking the getter methods defined by the Metadata­Standard.

Abstract­Metadata subclasses may be read-only or read/write, at implementation choice. The methods that modify the metadata may throw Unmodifiable­Metadata­Exception if the metadata does not support the operation. Those methods are:
Metadata operations
Read-only operations Read/write operations

Thread safety

Instances of this class are not synchronized for multi-threading. Synchronization, if needed, is caller's responsibility. Note that synchronization locks are not necessarily the metadata instances. For example, another common approach is to use a single lock for the whole metadata tree (including children).
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  • Constructor Details

    • AbstractMetadata

      protected AbstractMetadata()
      Creates an initially empty metadata.
  • Method Details

    • getStandard

      public abstract MetadataStandard getStandard()
      Returns the metadata standard implemented by subclasses. Subclasses will typically return a hard-coded constant such as Metadata­Standard​.ISO_19115.

      Note for implementers

      Implementation of this method shall not depend on the object state, since this method may be indirectly invoked by copy constructors.
      the metadata standard implemented.
    • getInterface

      public Class<?> getInterface()
      Returns the metadata interface implemented by this class. It should be one of the interfaces defined in the metadata standard implemented by this class.
      the standard interface implemented by this implementation class.
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    • isEmpty

      public boolean isEmpty()
      Returns true if this metadata contains only null, nil or empty properties. A non-null and non-nil property is considered empty in any of the following cases:
      • An empty character sequences.
      • An empty collection or an empty array.
      • A collection or array containing only null, nil or empty elements.
      • Another metadata object containing only null, nil or empty properties.
      Note that empty properties can be removed by calling the prune() method.

      Note for implementers

      The default implementation uses Java reflection indirectly, by iterating over all entries returned by Metadata­Standard​.as­Value­Map(Object, Class, Key­Name­Policy, Value­Existence­Policy). Subclasses that override this method should usually not invoke super​.is­Empty(), because the Java reflection will discover and process the properties defined in the subclasses - which is usually not the intent when overriding a method.
      Specified by:
      is­Empty in interface Emptiable
      true if this metadata is empty.
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    • prune

      public void prune()
      Removes all references to empty properties. The default implementation iterates over all non null properties, and sets to null the properties for which is­Empty() returned true.
      Unmodifiable­Metadata­Exception - if this metadata is not modifiable.
    • asMap

      public Map<String,Object> asMap()
      Returns a view of the property values in a Map. The map is backed by this metadata object, so changes in the underlying metadata object are immediately reflected in the map and conversely.

      Supported operations

      The map supports the put(…) and remove(…) operations if the underlying metadata object contains setter methods. The remove(…) method is implemented by a call to put(…, null).

      Keys and values

      The keys are case-insensitive and can be either the JavaBeans property name, the getter method name or the UML identifier. The value given to a call to the put(…) method shall be an instance of the type expected by the corresponding setter method, or an instance of a type convertible to the expected type.

      Multi-values entries

      Calls to put(…) replace the previous value, with one noticeable exception: if the metadata property associated to the given key is a Collection but the given value is a single element (not a collection), then the given value is added to the existing collection. In other words, the returned map behaves as a multi-values map for the properties that allow multiple values. If the intent is to unconditionally discard all previous values, then make sure that the given value is a collection when the associated metadata property expects such collection.

      Default implementation

      The default implementation is equivalent to the following:
      return getStandard().asValueMap(this, null,
      a view of this metadata object as a map.
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    • asTreeTable

      public TreeTable asTreeTable()
      Returns the property types and values as a tree table. The tree table is backed by the metadata object using Java reflection, so changes in the underlying metadata object are immediately reflected in the tree table and conversely.

      The returned Tree­Table instance contains the following columns:

      • Table­Column​.IDENTIFIER
        The UML identifier if any, or the Java Beans property name otherwise, of a metadata property. For example in a tree table view of Default­Citation, there is a node having the "title" identifier.
      • Table­Column​.INDEX
        If the metadata property is a collection, then the zero-based index of the element in that collection. Otherwise null. For example, in a tree table view of Default­Citation, if the "alternate­Title" collection contains two elements, then there is a node with index 0 for the first element and another node with index 1 for the second element.
        Note: The (IDENTIFIER, INDEX) pair can be used as a primary key for uniquely identifying a node in a list of children. That uniqueness is guaranteed only for the children of a given node; the same keys may appear in the children of any other nodes.
      • Table­Column​.NAME
        A human-readable name for the node, derived from the identifier and the index. This is the column shown in the default to­String() implementation and may be localizable.
      • Table­Column​.TYPE
        The base type of the value (usually an interface).
      • Table­Column​.VALUE
        The metadata value for the node. Values in this column are writable if the underlying metadata class have a setter method for the property represented by the node.
      • Table­Column​.REMARKS
        Remarks or warning on the property value. This is rarely present. It is provided when the value may look surprising, for example the longitude values in a geographic bounding box crossing the anti-meridian.

      Write operations

      Only the VALUE column may be writable, with one exception: newly created children need to have their IDENTIFIER set before any other operation. For example, the following code adds a title to a citation:
      TreeTable.Node node = ...;                               // The node for a DefaultCitation.
      TreeTable.Node child = node.newChild();
      child.setValue(TableColumn.IDENTIFIER, "title");
      child.setValue(TableColumn.VALUE, "Le petit prince");
      // Nothing else to do - the child node has been added.
      Nodes can be removed by invoking the Iterator​.remove() method on the children iterator.

      Default implementation

      The default implementation is equivalent to the following:
      return getStandard().asTreeTable(this, null, ValueExistencePolicy.COMPACT);
      a tree table representation of the specified metadata.
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    • equals

      public boolean equals(Object object, ComparisonMode mode)
      Compares this metadata with the specified object for equality. The default implementation uses Java reflection. Subclasses may override this method for better performances, or for comparing "hidden" properties not specified by the GeoAPI (or other standard) interface.
      Specified by:
      equals in interface Lenient­Comparable
      object - the object to compare with this metadata.
      mode - the strictness level of the comparison.
      true if the given object is equal to this metadata.
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    • equals

      public final boolean equals(Object object)
      Performs a strict comparison of this metadata with the given object. This method is implemented as below:
          public final boolean equals(final Object object) {
              return equals(object, ComparisonMode.STRICT);
      If a subclass needs to override the behavior of this method, then override equals(Object, Comparison­Mode) instead.
      Specified by:
      equals in interface Lenient­Comparable
      equals in class Object
      object - the object to compare with this metadata for equality.
      true if the given object is strictly equals to this metadata.
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    • hashCode

      public int hashCode()
      Computes a hash code value for this metadata using Java reflection. The hash code is defined as the sum of hash code values of all non-empty properties, excluding cyclic dependencies. For acyclic metadata, this method contract is compatible with the Set​.hash­Code() one and ensures that the hash code value is insensitive to the ordering of properties.

      Implementation note

      This method does not cache the value because current implementation has no notification mechanism for tracking changes in children properties. If this metadata is known to be immutable, then subclasses may consider caching the hash code value if performance is important.
      hash­Code in class Object
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    • toString

      public String toString()
      Returns a string representation of this metadata. The default implementation is as below:
      return asTreeTable().toString();
      Note that this make extensive use of Unicode characters and is better rendered with a monospaced font.
      to­String in class Object