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1   /**
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10  "From an HL7 messaging perspective, a consumer of a messages" 
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27  package;
29  import ca.uhn.hl7v2.model.Message;
30  import ca.uhn.hl7v2.HL7Exception;
32  /**
33   * <p>From an HL7 messaging perspective, an Application is a consumer of a messages. 
34   * Once a parser parses an incoming message, the message would normally be forwarded 
35   * to an Application of some sort (e.g. a lab system) which would process the 
36   * message in some way meaningful for it, and then return a response.</p>  
37   * <p>If you are wondering how to integrate HAPI into an existing server application, 
38   * this is probably the place.  Create a class that implements Application, then look 
39   * at Responder and SimpleServer to see how to get HAPI to listen for messages on 
40   * a socket and pass them to your Application.</p>
41   * @author  Bryan Tripp
42   * 
43   * @see ApplicationExceptionHandler
44   * @see DefaultApplication
45   * 
46   */
47  public interface Application {
49      /**
50       * Uses the contents of the message for whatever purpose the Application 
51       * has for this message, and returns an appropriate response message.   
52       */
53      public Message processMessage(Message in) throws ApplicationException, HL7Exception;
55      /** 
56       * Returns true if this Application wishes to accept the message.  By returning
57       * true, this Application declares itself the recipient of the message, accepts 
58       * responsibility for it, and must be able to respond appropriately to the sending system.  
59       */
60      public boolean canProcess(Message in);
61  }