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 // $Id: ValidatorFactory.java 17620 2009-10-04 19:19:28Z hardy.ferentschik $
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package javax.validation;

Factory returning initialized Validator instances. Implementations are thread-safe This object is typically cached and reused.

Author(s):
Emmanuel Bernard
public interface ValidatorFactory {
Returns an initialized Validator instance using the factory defaults for message interpolator, traversable resolver and constraint validator factory.

Validator instances can be pooled and shared by the implementation.

Returns:
an initialized Validator instance
Defines a new validator context and return a Validator compliant this new context.

Returns:
a ValidatorContext.
Returns the MessageInterpolator instance configured at initialization time for the ValidatorFactory. This is the instance used by #getValidator().

Returns:
MessageInterpolator instance.
Returns the TraversableResolver instance configured at initialization time for the ValidatorFactory. This is the instance used by #getValidator().

Returns:
TraversableResolver instance.
Returns the ConstraintValidatorFactory instance configured at initialization time for the ValidatorFactory. This is the instance used by #getValidator().

Returns:
ConstraintValidatorFactory instance.
Return an instance of the specified type allowing access to provider-specific APIs. If the Bean Validation provider implementation does not support the specified class, ValidationException, is thrown.

Parameters:
type the class of the object to be returned.
Returns:
an instance of the specified class.
Throws:
ValidationException if the provider does not support the call.
	public <T> T unwrap(Class<T> type);
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