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package com.paypal.base.codec;

Provides the highest level of abstraction for Encoders. This is the sister interface of Decoder. Every implementation of Encoder provides this common generic interface which allows a user to pass a generic Object to any Encoder implementation in the codec package.

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$Id: 1170351 2011-09-13 21:09:09Z ggregory $
public interface Encoder {
Encodes an "Object" and returns the encoded content as an Object. The Objects here may just be byte[] or Strings depending on the implementation used.

source An object to encode
An "encoded" Object
EncoderException an encoder exception is thrown if the encoder experiences a failure condition during the encoding process.
    Object encode(Object sourcethrows EncoderException;

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