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package org.joda.time.format;
Internal interface for parsing textual representations of time periods.

Application users will rarely use this class directly. Instead, you will use one of the factory classes to create a PeriodFormatter.

The factory classes are:
- PeriodFormatterBuilder
- PeriodFormat
- ISOPeriodFormat

Brian S O'Neill
Stephen Colebourne
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public interface PeriodParser {

Parses a period from the given text, at the given position, saving the result into the fields of the given ReadWritablePeriod. If the parse succeeds, the return value is the new text position. Note that the parse may succeed without fully reading the text.

If it fails, the return value is negative, but the period may still be modified. To determine the position where the parse failed, apply the one's complement operator (~) on the return value.

period a period that will be modified
periodStr text to parse
position position to start parsing from
locale the locale to use for parsing
new position, if negative, parse failed. Apply complement operator (~) to get position of failure
java.lang.IllegalArgumentException if any field is out of range
    int parseInto(ReadWritablePeriod periodString periodStrint positionLocale locale);
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