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1   /**
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8   
9   The Original Code is "ReceivingApplication.java".  Description: 
10  "From an HL7 messaging perspective, a consumer of a messages" 
11  
12  The Initial Developer of the Original Code is University Health Network. Copyright (C) 
13  2002, 2005.  All Rights Reserved. 
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26  package ca.uhn.hl7v2.protocol;
27  
28  import java.util.Map;
29  
30  import ca.uhn.hl7v2.HL7Exception;
31  import ca.uhn.hl7v2.model.Message;
32  
33  /**
34   * <p>From an HL7 messaging perspective, a ReceivingApplication is a consumer of a messages. 
35   * Once a parser parses an incoming message, the message would normally be forwarded 
36   * to an application of some sort (e.g. a lab system) which would process the 
37   * message in some way meaningful for it, and then return a response.</p>
38   *   
39   * <p>If you are wondering how to integrate HAPI into an existing server application, 
40   * this is probably the place.  Create a class that implements ReceivingApplication, then look 
41   * at HL7Server and ApplicationRouter to see how to get HAPI to listen for messages on 
42   * a socket and pass them to your ReceivingApplication.</p>
43   * 
44   * Note that this interface replaces ca.uhn.hl7v2.app.Application in HAPI 0.5.   
45   *   
46   * @author <a href="mailto:bryan.tripp@uhn.on.ca">Bryan Tripp</a>
47   * @version $Revision: 1.1 $ updated on $Date: 2007-02-19 02:24:38 $ by $Author: jamesagnew $
48   */
49  public interface ReceivingApplication {
50  
51      /**
52       * Uses the contents of the message for whatever purpose the application 
53       * has for this message, and returns an appropriate response message.
54       * 
55       * @param theMessage an inbound HL7 message 
56       * @param theMetadata message metadata (which may include information about where the message comes 
57       *      from, etc).  This is the same metadata as in {@link ca.uhn.hl7v2.protocol.Transportable#getMetadata()}.  
58       * 
59       * @return an appropriate application response (for example an application ACK or query response). 
60       *      Appropriate responses to different types of incoming messages are defined by HL7. 
61       * 
62       * @throws ReceivingApplicationException if there is a problem internal to the application (for example 
63       *      a database problem)
64       * @throws HL7Exception if there is a problem with the message 
65       */
66      public Message processMessage(Message theMessage, Map<String, Object> theMetadata) 
67              throws ReceivingApplicationException, HL7Exception;
68      
69      /** 
70       * @param theMessage an inbound HL7 message 
71       * @return true if this ReceivingApplication wishes to accept the message.  By returning
72       *      true, this Application declares itself the recipient of the message, accepts 
73       *      responsibility for it, and must be able to respond appropriately to the sending system.  
74       */
75      public boolean canProcess(Message theMessage);
76  
77  }