com.hp.hpl.jena.rdf.model
Interface ModelSource

All Superinterfaces:
ModelGetter
All Known Subinterfaces:
ModelMaker

public interface ModelSource
extends ModelGetter

The revised and soon-to-be-core interface for sources of models, typically generated from RDF descriptions.

ModelSources can supply models in a variety of ways.

A ModelSource is free to "forget" named models if it so wishes; for example, it may be a discard-if-getting-full cache.


Method Summary
 Model createDefaultModel()
          Answer this ModelSource's default model.
 Model createFreshModel()
          Answer a Model that satisfies this ModelSource's shape.
 Model openModel(String name)
          Answer a model.
 Model openModelIfPresent(String string)
          Answer the model named by string in this ModelSource, if it [still] has one, or null if there isn't one.
 
Methods inherited from interface com.hp.hpl.jena.rdf.model.ModelGetter
getModel, getModel
 

Method Detail

createDefaultModel

Model createDefaultModel()
Answer this ModelSource's default model. Every ModelSource has a default model. That model need not exist until the first call on createDefaultModel. Multiple calls of getModel will yield the *same* model. This method never returns null.


createFreshModel

Model createFreshModel()
Answer a Model that satisfies this ModelSource's shape. Different calls return different models - they are not permitted to return the same model. (Doing this on a database model will create new, pseudo-anonymous, models.) This method never returns null.


openModel

Model openModel(String name)
Answer a model. Different ModelSources may implement this in very different ways - ModelSource imposes few constraints other than the result is a proper Model. A ModelSource may use the name to identify an existing Model and re-use it, or it may create a fresh Model each time.

It is expected that uses of different names will answer different models (different in the strong sense of not having the same underlying graph, too).

If the ModelSource does not have a model with this name, and if it is not prepared to create one, it should throw a DoesNotExistException. This method never returns null.


openModelIfPresent

Model openModelIfPresent(String string)
Answer the model named by string in this ModelSource, if it [still] has one, or null if there isn't one. The ModelSource should not create a fresh model if it doesn't already have one.



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