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010     *
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014     * See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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016     */
017    package org.apache.camel;
018    
019    /**
020     * A <a href="http://camel.apache.org/component.html">component</a> is
021     * a factory of {@link Endpoint} objects.
022     * 
023     * @version $Revision: 2427 $
024     */
025    public interface Component {
026    
027        /**
028         * Returns the context
029         * 
030         * @return the context of this component
031         */
032        CamelContext getCamelContext();
033    
034        /**
035         * The {@link CamelContext} is injected into the component when it is added
036         * to it
037         */
038        void setCamelContext(CamelContext context);
039    
040        /**
041         * Attempt to resolve an endpoint for the given URI if the component is
042         * capable of handling the URI
043         * 
044         * @param uri the URI to create
045         * @return a newly created endpoint or null if this component cannot create
046         *         instances of the given uri
047         */
048        Endpoint createEndpoint(String uri) throws Exception;
049        
050    }