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/*
 * InternalRep.java
 *
 *	This file contains the abstract class declaration for the
 *	internal representations of TclObjects.
 *
 * Copyright (c) 1997 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 *
 * See the file "license.terms" for information on usage and
 * redistribution of this file, and for a DISCLAIMER OF ALL
 * WARRANTIES.
 * 
 * RCS: @(#) $Id: InternalRep.java,v 1.4 2000/10/29 06:00:42 mdejong Exp $
 *
 */

package tcl.lang;

/**
 * This is the interface for implementing internal representation of Tcl
 * objects.  A class that implements InternalRep should define the
 * following:
 *
 * (1) the two abstract methods specified in this base class:
 *		dispose()
 *		duplicate()
 *
 * (2) The method toString()
 *
 * (3) class method(s) newInstance() if appropriate
 *
 * (4) class method set<Type>FromAny() if appropriate
 *
 * (5) class method get() if appropriate
 */

public interface InternalRep {

/*
 *----------------------------------------------------------------------
 *
 * dispose --
 *
 *	Free any state associated with the object's internal rep.
 *	This method should not be invoked by user code.
 *
 * Results:
 *	None.
 *
 * Side effects:
 *	Leaves the object in an unusable state.
 *
 *----------------------------------------------------------------------
 */

public void dispose();

/*
 *----------------------------------------------------------------------
 *
 * duplicate --
 *
 *	Make a copy of an object's internal representation.
  *	This method should not be invoked by user code.
 *
 * Results:
 *	Returns a newly allocated instance of the appropriate type.
 *
 * Side effects:
 *	None.
 *
 *----------------------------------------------------------------------
 */

public InternalRep duplicate();

} // end InternalRep