public interface TableBuilder
|Modifier and Type
|Method and Description
Indicates whether this builder is able to turn a resource of media type indicated by flavor into a table.
Returns the name of the format which can be read by this handler.
Indicates whether the given location string is of a familiar form for this builder.
StarTable based on a given DataSource.
Reads a table from an input stream and writes it a row at a time to a sink.
StarTable makeStarTable(DataSource datsrc, boolean wantRandom, StoragePolicy storagePolicy) throws java.io.IOException
StarTable based on a given DataSource.
If the source is not recognised or this builder does not know
how to construct a table from it, then a
TableFormatException should be thrown.
If this builder thinks it should be able to handle the source
but an error occurs during processing, an IOException
can be thrown.
The wantRandom parameter is used to indicate whether, ideally, a random-access table should be returned. There is no requirement for the builder to honour this request, but if it knows how to make both random and non-random tables, it can use this flag to decide which to return.
Note: the presence of the
parameter is somewhat misleading. TableBuilder implementations
usually should, and do, ignore it (it would be removed from the
interface if it were not for backward compatibility issues).
Regardless of the value of this parameter, implementations should
return a random-access table only if it is easy for them to do so;
in particular they should not use the supplied
storagePolicy, or any other resource-expensive measure,
to randomise a sequential table just because the
wantRandom parameter is true.
datsrc - the DataSource containing the table resource
wantRandom - whether, preferentially, a random access table
should be returned
storagePolicy - a StoragePolicy object which may be used to
supply scratch storage if the builder needs it
TableFormatException - if the table is not of a kind that
can be handled by this handler
java.io.IOException - if an unexpected I/O error occurs during processing
void streamStarTable(java.io.InputStream istrm, TableSink sink, java.lang.String pos) throws java.io.IOException
The input stream should be prepared for use prior to calling this method, so implementations should not in general attempt to decompress or buffer istrm.
istrm - input stream containing table data
sink - destination of the table
pos - position identifier describing the location of the
table within the stream;
(may be null)
TableFormatException - if the table can't be streamed or
the data is malformed
java.io.IOException - if some other error occurs
boolean canImport(java.awt.datatransfer.DataFlavor flavor)
streamStarTable(java.io.InputStream, uk.ac.starlink.table.TableSink, java.lang.String) method stands a reasonable chance of
successfully constructing a StarTable from a
DataSource whose input stream is described by the
It will typically make this determination based on the flavor's
This method should only return true if the flavor looks like it is targeted at this builder; for instance a builder which uses a text-based format should return false for a flavor which indicates a MIME type of text/plain.
This method is used in supporting drag and drop functionality
flavor - the DataFlavor whose suitability as stream input
is to be assessed
boolean looksLikeFile(java.lang.String location)
true if there is
a good chance that a file with the given
can be interpreted by this reader, for instance if it has a
suitable file extension.
This method may be used to guess, on a best-efforts basis, whether this builder is suitable for reading a file from a given location. Attempts may still be made to read inputs for which this method returns false. It is less important for builders that can recognise files by magic number, which is generally preferable to using filenames.
location - the location string, such as a filename or URL