Class AbstractAssociation

All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable, Cloneable

public abstract class AbstractAssociation extends Object implements Cloneable, Serializable
An instance of an feature association role containing the associated feature. Abstract­Association can be instantiated by calls to Default­Association­Role​.new­Instance().


  • Multi-threading: Abstract­Association instances are not thread-safe. Synchronization, if needed, shall be done externally by the caller.
  • Serialization: serialized objects of this class are not guaranteed to be compatible with future versions. Serialization should be used only for short term storage or RMI between applications running the same SIS version.
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Defined in the sis-feature module

  • Constructor Details

  • Method Details

    • create

      public static AbstractAssociation create(DefaultAssociationRole role)
      Creates a new association of the given role.
      role - information about the association.
      the new association.
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    • getName

      public GenericName getName()
      Returns the name of this association as defined by its role. This convenience method delegates to Abstract­Identified­Type​.get­Name().
      the association name specified by its role.
    • getRole

      public DefaultAssociationRole getRole()
      Returns information about the association.
      Warning: In a future SIS version, the return type may be changed to org​.opengis​.feature​.Association­Role. This change is pending GeoAPI revision.
      information about the association.
    • getValue

      public abstract AbstractFeature getValue() throws IllegalStateException
      Returns the associated feature, or null if none. This convenience method can be invoked in the common case where the maximum number of features is restricted to 1 or 0.
      Warning: In a future SIS version, the return type may be changed to org​.opengis​.feature​.Feature. This change is pending GeoAPI revision.
      the associated feature (may be null).
      Illegal­State­Exception - if this association contains more than one value.
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    • getValues

      public Collection<AbstractFeature> getValues()
      Returns all features, or an empty collection if none. The returned collection is live: changes in the returned collection will be reflected immediately in this Association instance, and conversely.

      The default implementation returns a collection which will delegate its work to get­Value() and set­Value(Object).

      the features in a live collection.
    • setValue

      public abstract void setValue(AbstractFeature value) throws IllegalArgumentException
      Sets the associated feature.
      Warning: In a future SIS version, the argument type may be changed to org​.opengis​.feature​.Feature. This change is pending GeoAPI revision.


      The amount of validation performed by this method is implementation dependent. Usually, only the most basic constraints are verified. This is so for performance reasons and also because some rules may be temporarily broken while constructing a feature. A more exhaustive verification can be performed by invoking the quality() method.
      value - the new value, or null.
      Illegal­Argument­Exception - if the given feature is not valid for this association.
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    • setValues

      public void setValues(Collection<? extends AbstractFeature> values) throws IllegalArgumentException
      Sets the features. All previous values are replaced by the given collection.

      The default implementation ensures that the given collection contains at most one element, then delegates to set­Value(Abstract­Feature).

      values - the new values.
      Illegal­Argument­Exception - if the given collection contains too many elements.
    • quality

      public DataQuality quality()
      Verifies if the current association value mets the constraints defined by the association role. This method returns at most one report with a result for each constraint violations found, if any. See Abstract­Attribute​.quality() for an example.

      This association is valid if this method does not report any conformance result having a pass value of false.

      reports on all constraint violations found.
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    • toString

      public String toString()
      Returns a string representation of this association. The returned string is for debugging purpose and may change in any future SIS version.
      to­String in class Object
      a string representation of this association for debugging purpose.
    • clone

      Returns a copy of this association. The default implementation returns a shallow copy: the association value is not cloned. However subclasses may choose to do otherwise.
      clone in class Object
      a clone of this association.
      Clone­Not­Supported­Exception - if this association can not be cloned. The default implementation never throw this exception. However subclasses may throw it.