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    1   /*   Copyright 2004 The Apache Software Foundation
    2    *
    3    *   Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
    4    *   you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
    5    *   You may obtain a copy of the License at
    6    *
    7    *       http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
    8    *
    9    *   Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
   10    *   distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
   11    *   WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
   12    *   See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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   14    */
   15   
   16   package org.apache.xmlbeans;
   17   
   18   /**
   19    * generic interface to abstract creation of an object
   20    */
   21   public interface ObjectFactory
   22   {
   23       /**
   24        * Given the type, create an object of that type.  Note that the return object
   25        * might be a subclass of type, but should always be an instanceof type.
   26        *
   27        * @param type   type of object to create
   28        * @return  instance
   29        */
   30       Object createObject(Class type);
   31   }

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