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1   /**
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10  "Represents the category of HL7 data types that contain more than one component (e.g" 
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13  2001.  All Rights Reserved. 
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28  package ca.uhn.hl7v2.model;
30  /**
31   * <p>Represents the category of HL7 data types that contain more than one component (e.g. CE).
32   * Implementing classes (i.e. composite data types) should initialize their components
33   * either when they are initialized or when they are first accessed.  Only leaf values
34   * (values of primitives) should ever be returned as null.</p>
35   * @author Bryan Tripp (
36   */
37  public interface Composite extends Type {
39    /**
40     * Returns an array containing the components of this field.
41     *
42     * @return array of components of this composite type
43     */
44    public Type[] getComponents();
46    /**
47     * Returns the single component of this composite at the specified position (starting at 0).
48     *
49     * @param number index of the component to be retrieved (zero-based)
50     * @return component at this index
51     */
52    public Type getComponent(int number) throws DataTypeException;
54  }