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 * This is free software, licensed under the Gnu Public License (GPL)
 * get a copy from <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
 * $Id: Command.java,v 1.8 2002/05/29 18:55:43 hzeller Exp $
 * author: Henner Zeller <H.Zeller@acm.org>
package henplus;

import java.util.Iterator;

 * interface to be implemented for user level commands. The CommandDispatcher
 * and the HelpCommand operate on this interface. This interface needs
 * to be implemented by your own Commands or Plugins that should be
 * supported by HenPlus. If the documenation given here is not enough
 * (though I hope it is), just read some of the implementations given
 * in henplus.commands.
 * @version $Revision: 1.8 $
 * @author Henner Zeller
00022 public interface Command {
     * constant returned by the {@link execute(SQLSession,String,String)}
     * method, if everything went fine.
00027     public final static int SUCCESS      = 0;

     * constant returned by the {@link execute(SQLSession,String,String)}
     * if the command could not be executed because of an syntax error.
     * In that case, the CommandDispatcher will display the synopsis of
     * that command.
00035     public final static int SYNTAX_ERROR = 1;

     * constant returned by the {@link execute(SQLSession,String,String)}
     * if the command could not be executed because of some problem, that
     * is not a syntax error.
00042     public final static int EXEC_FAILED  = 2;

     * returns the prefices of all command-strings this command can handle.
     * The special prefix is the empty string that matches anything that is
     * not handled by all other commands. It is used in the SQLCommand.
    String[] getCommandList();
     * returns 'false', if the commands supported by this Commands should
     * not be part of the toplevel command completion. So if the user
     * presses TAB on an empty string to get the full list of possible
     * commands, this command should not show up.
     * In HenPlus, this returns 'false' for the SQL-commands 
     * ('select', 'update', 'drop' ..), since this would
     * clobber the toplevel list of available commands. 
     * If unsure, return 'true'.
    boolean participateInCommandCompletion();

     * execute the command given. The command is given completely without
     * the final delimiter (which would be newline or semicolon). Before
     * this method is called, the CommandDispatcher checks with the 
     * {@link #isComplete(String)} method, if this command is complete.
     * @param session the SQLsession this command is executed from.
     * @param command the command as string.
     * @param parameters the rest parameters following the command.
     * @return one of SUCCESS, SYNTAX_ERROR, EXEC_FAILED to indicate
     *         the exit status of this command. On SYNTAX_ERROR, the
     *         CommandDispatcher displays a synopsis if available.
    int execute(SQLSession session, String command, String parameters);
     * Returns a list of strings that are possible at this stage. Used
     * for the readline-completion in interactive mode. Based on the
     * partial command and the lastWord you have to determine the words
     * that are available at this stage. Return 'null', if you don't know
     * a possible completion.
     * @param disp the CommandDispatcher - you might want to access
     *             other values through it.
     * @param partialCommand The command typed so far
     * @param lastWord the last word returned by readline.
    Iterator complete(CommandDispatcher disp, String partialCommand, 
                  String lastWord);
     * returns, whether the command is complete.
     * <p>This method is called, whenever the input encounters a newline or
     * a semicolon to decide if this separator is to separate different
     * commands or if it is part of the command itself.
     * <p>The delimiter (newline or semicolon) is contained (at the end)
     * in the String passed to this method. This
     * method returns <code>false</code>, if the delimiter is part of the 
     * command and will not be regarded as delimiter between commands -- the
     * reading part of the command dispatcher will go on reading characters
     * and not execute the command.
     * <p>This method will return true for most simple commands like
     * 'help'. For commands that have a more complicated syntax, this
     * might not be true.
     * <ul>
     *  <li>'select * from foobar' is not complete after a return, since we can
     *      expect a where clause. If it has a semicolon at the end, we
     *      know, that is is complete. So newline is <em>not</em> a delimiter
     *      while ';' is (return command.endsWith(";")). 
     *  <li>definitions of stored procedures are even more complicated: it
     *      depends on the syntax whether a semicolon is part of the
     *      command or can be regarded as delimiter. Here, neither ';' nor
     *      newline can be regarded as delimiter per-se. Only the Command
     *      implementation can decide upon this. In Oracle, a single '/' on
     *      one line is used to denote this command-complete.
     * </ul>
     * Note, this method should only apply a very lazy syntax check so it does
     * not get confused and uses too much cycles unecessarily..
     * @param command the partial command read so far given to decide by
     *                the command whether it is complete or not.
    boolean isComplete(String command);

     * returns true, if this command requires a valid SQLSession, i.e. if the
     * {@link #execute(SQLSession,String,String)} method makes use of the
     * session (e.g. to get some Database connection) or not. Return 'true'
     * if unsure (you should be sure..). This is to thwart attempts to
     * execute a command without session.
     * @param cmd the subcommand this is requested for; one of the
     *            commands returned by {@link getCommandList()}.
    boolean requiresValidSession(String cmd);

     * shutdown this command. This is called on exit of the CommandDispatcher
     * and allows you to do some cleanup (close connections, flush files..)
    void shutdown();

     * return a short string describing the purpose of the commands
     * handled by this Command-implementation. This is the string listed
     * in the bare 'help' overview (like 
     * <code>'describe a database object'</code>)
     * Should contain no newline, no leading spaces.
    String getShortDescription();

     * retuns a synopsis-string. The synopsis string returned should follow
     * the following conventions:
     * <ul>
     *  <li>expected parameters are described with angle brackets like in
     *      <code>export-xml &lt;table&gt; &lt;filename&gt;</li>
     *  <li>optional parameters are described with square brackets like in
     *      <code>help [command]</code></li>
     * </ul>
     * <p>Should contain no newline, no leading spaces.
     * This synopsis is printed in the detailed help of a command or if the
     * execute()-method returned a SYNTAX_ERROR.
     * @param cmd the command the synopsis is for. This is one of the possible
     *            commands returned by {@link getCommandList()}.
    String getSynopsis(String cmd);

     * returns a longer string describing this action. This should return
     * a String describing details of the given command. This String should
     * start with a TAB-character in each new line (the first line is a
     * new line). The last line should not end with newline.
     * @param cmd The command the long description is asked for. This
     *            is one of the possible commands returned by 
     *            {@link getCommandList()}.
    String getLongDescription(String cmd);

 * Local variables:
 * c-basic-offset: 4
 * compile-command: "ant -emacs -find build.xml"
 * End:

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