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013package org.apache.tapestry5.beanmodel.services;
015import org.apache.tapestry5.beanmodel.PropertyConduit;
018 * A source for {@link org.apache.tapestry5.beanmodel.PropertyConduit}s, which can be thought of as a compiled property path
019 * expression. PropertyConduits are the basis of the "prop:" binding factory, thus this service defines the expression
020 * format used by the {@link org.apache.tapestry5.internal.bindings.PropBindingFactory}.
021 */
022public interface PropertyConduitSource
024    /**
025     * Returns a property conduit instance for the given expression. PropertyConduitSource caches the conduits it
026     * returns, so despite the name, this method does not always create a <em>new</em> conduit. The cache is cleared if
027     * a change to component classes is observed.
028     *
029     * Callers of this method should observe notifications from the {@link org.apache.tapestry5.commons.services.InvalidationEventHub}
030     * for {@link org.apache.tapestry5.ioc.annotations.ComponentClasses} and discard any aquired conduits; failure to do so
031     * will create memory leaks whenever component classes change (the conduits will keep references to the old classes
032     * and classloaders).
033     *
034     * @param rootType   the type of the root object to which the expression is applied
035     * @param expression expression to be evaluated on instances of the root class
036     * @return RuntimeException if the expression is invalid (poorly formed, references non-existent properties, etc.)
037     */
038    PropertyConduit create(Class rootType, String expression);