Class ParameterType

All Implemented Interfaces:
Comparable, IIdentifiable

public final class ParameterType extends HandleObject implements Comparable

Provides information about the type of a command parameter. Clients can use a parameter type to check if an object matches the type of the parameter with isCompatible(Object) and can get an AbstractParameterValueConverter to convert between objects matching the parameter type and strings that encode the object's identity.

A command parameter is not required to declare a type. To determine if a given parameter has a type, check if an IParameter implements ITypedParameter and if so, use ITypedParameter.getParameterType() like this:

                   IParameter parameter = // ... get IParameter from Command
                   if (parameter instanceof ITypedParameter) {
                     ParameterType type = ((ITypedParameter)parameter).getParameterType();
                     if (type != null) {
                       // this parameter has a ParameterType
See Also:
  • Method Details

    • addListener

      public final void addListener(IParameterTypeListener listener)
      Adds a listener to this parameter type that will be notified when its state changes.
      listener - The listener to be added; must not be null.
    • compareTo

      public final int compareTo(Object object)
      Compares this parameter type with another object by comparing each of the non-transient attributes.
      Specified by:
      compareTo in interface Comparable
      object - The object with which to compare; must be an instance of ParameterType.
      A negative integer, zero or a positive integer, if the object is greater than, equal to or less than this parameter type.
    • define

      public final void define(String type, AbstractParameterValueConverter parameterTypeConverter)

      Defines this parameter type, setting the defined property to true.

      Notification is sent to all listeners that something has changed.

      type - a string identifying the Java object type for this parameter type; null is interpreted as "java.lang.Object"
      parameterTypeConverter - an AbstractParameterValueConverter to perform string/object conversions for parameter values; may be null
    • getValueConverter

      public final AbstractParameterValueConverter getValueConverter() throws NotDefinedException
      Returns the value converter associated with this parameter, if any.
      The parameter value converter, or null if there is no value converter for this parameter.
      NotDefinedException - if the parameter type is not currently defined
    • isCompatible

      public boolean isCompatible(Object value) throws NotDefinedException
      Returns whether the provided value is compatible with this parameter type. An object is compatible with a parameter type if the object is an instance of the class defined as the parameter's type class.
      value - an object to check for compatibility with this parameter type; may be null.
      true if the value is compatible with this type, false otherwise
      NotDefinedException - if the parameter type is not currently defined
    • removeListener

      public final void removeListener(IParameterTypeListener listener)
      Unregisters listener for changes to properties of this parameter type.
      listener - the instance to unregister. Must not be null. If an attempt is made to unregister an instance which is not already registered with this instance, no operation is performed.
    • toString

      public final String toString()
      The string representation of this parameter type. For debugging purposes only. This string should not be shown to an end user.
      Specified by:
      toString in class HandleObject
      The string representation; never null.
    • undefine

      public final void undefine()
      Makes this parameter type become undefined. Notification is sent to all listeners.
      Specified by:
      undefine in class HandleObject