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Eclipse JDT
Release 3.5

org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom
Class ASTNode

java.lang.Object
  extended by 
org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom.ASTNode
Direct Known Subclasses:
AnonymousClassDeclaration, BodyDeclaration, CatchClause, Comment, CompilationUnit, Expression, ImportDeclaration, MemberRef, MemberValuePair, MethodRef, MethodRefParameter, Modifier, PackageDeclaration, Statement, TagElement, TextElement, Type, TypeParameter, VariableDeclaration

public abstract class ASTNode
extends Object

Abstract superclass of all Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) node types.

An AST node represents a Java source code construct, such as a name, type, expression, statement, or declaration.

Each AST node belongs to a unique AST instance, called the owning AST. The children of an AST node always have the same owner as their parent node. If a node from one AST is to be added to a different AST, the subtree must be cloned first to ensure that the added nodes have the correct owning AST.

When an AST node is part of an AST, it has a unique parent node. Clients can navigate upwards, from child to parent, as well as downwards, from parent to child. Newly created nodes are unparented. When an unparented node is set as a child of a node (using a setCHILD method), its parent link is set automatically and the parent link of the former child is set to null. For nodes with properties that include a list of children (for example, Block whose statements property is a list of statements), adding or removing an element to/for the list property automatically updates the parent links. These lists support the List.set method; however, the constraint that the same node cannot appear more than once means that this method cannot be used to swap elements without first removing the node.

ASTs must not contain cycles. All operations that could create a cycle detect this possibility and fail.

ASTs do not contain "holes" (missing subtrees). If a node is required to have a certain property, a syntactically plausible initial value is always supplied.

The hierarchy of AST node types has some convenient groupings marked by abstract superclasses:

  • expressions - Expression
  • names - Name (a sub-kind of expression)
  • statements - Statement
  • types - Type
  • type body declarations - BodyDeclaration

Abstract syntax trees may be hand constructed by clients, using the newTYPE factory methods (see AST) to create new nodes, and the various setCHILD methods to connect them together.

The class ASTParser parses a string containing a Java source code and returns an abstract syntax tree for it. The resulting nodes carry source ranges relating the node back to the original source characters. The source range covers the construct as a whole.

Each AST node carries bit flags, which may convey additional information about the node. For instance, the parser uses a flag to indicate a syntax error. Newly created nodes have no flags set.

Each AST node is capable of carrying an open-ended collection of client-defined properties. Newly created nodes have none. getProperty and setProperty are used to access these properties.

AST nodes are thread-safe for readers provided there are no active writers. If one thread is modifying an AST, including creating new nodes or cloning existing ones, it is not safe for another thread to read, visit, write, create, or clone any of the nodes on the same AST. When synchronization is required, consider using the common AST object that owns the node; that is, use synchronize (node.getAST()) {...}.

ASTs also support the visitor pattern; see the class ASTVisitor for details. The NodeFinder class can be used to find a specific node inside a tree.

Compilation units created by ASTParser from a source document can be serialized after arbitrary modifications with minimal loss of original formatting. See CompilationUnit.recordModifications() for details. See also ASTRewrite for an alternative way to describe and serialize changes to a read-only AST.

Since:
2.0
See Also:
ASTParser, ASTVisitor, NodeFinder
Restriction:
This class is not intended to be subclassed by clients.

Field Summary
static int ANNOTATION_TYPE_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type AnnotationTypeDeclaration.
static int ANNOTATION_TYPE_MEMBER_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type AnnotationTypeMemberDeclaration.
static int ANONYMOUS_CLASS_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type AnonymousClassDeclaration.
static int ARRAY_ACCESS
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayAccess.
static int ARRAY_CREATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayCreation.
static int ARRAY_INITIALIZER
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayInitializer.
static int ARRAY_TYPE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayType.
static int ASSERT_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type AssertStatement.
static int ASSIGNMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type Assignment.
static int BLOCK
          Node type constant indicating a node of type Block.
static int BLOCK_COMMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type BlockComment.
static int BOOLEAN_LITERAL
          Node type constant indicating a node of type BooleanLiteral.
static int BREAK_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type BreakStatement.
static int CAST_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type CastExpression.
static int CATCH_CLAUSE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type CatchClause.
static int CHARACTER_LITERAL
          Node type constant indicating a node of type CharacterLiteral.
static int CLASS_INSTANCE_CREATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ClassInstanceCreation.
static int COMPILATION_UNIT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type CompilationUnit.
static int CONDITIONAL_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ConditionalExpression.
static int CONSTRUCTOR_INVOCATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ConstructorInvocation.
static int CONTINUE_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ContinueStatement.
static int DO_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type DoStatement.
static int EMPTY_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type EmptyStatement.
static int ENHANCED_FOR_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type EnhancedForStatement.
static int ENUM_CONSTANT_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type EnumConstantDeclaration.
static int ENUM_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type EnumDeclaration.
static int EXPRESSION_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ExpressionStatement.
static int FIELD_ACCESS
          Node type constant indicating a node of type FieldAccess.
static int FIELD_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type FieldDeclaration.
static int FOR_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ForStatement.
static int IF_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type IfStatement.
static int IMPORT_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ImportDeclaration.
static int INFIX_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type InfixExpression.
static int INITIALIZER
          Node type constant indicating a node of type Initializer.
static int INSTANCEOF_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type InstanceofExpression.
static int JAVADOC
          Node type constant indicating a node of type Javadoc.
static int LABELED_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type LabeledStatement.
static int LINE_COMMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type LineComment.
static int MALFORMED
          Flag constant (bit mask, value 1) indicating that there is something not quite right with this AST node.
static int MARKER_ANNOTATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MarkerAnnotation.
static int MEMBER_REF
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MemberRef.
static int MEMBER_VALUE_PAIR
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MemberValuePair.
static int METHOD_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodDeclaration.
static int METHOD_INVOCATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodInvocation.
static int METHOD_REF
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodRef.
static int METHOD_REF_PARAMETER
          Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodRefParameter.
static int MODIFIER
          Node type constant indicating a node of type Modifier.
static int NORMAL_ANNOTATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type NormalAnnotation.
static int NULL_LITERAL
          Node type constant indicating a node of type NullLiteral.
static int NUMBER_LITERAL
          Node type constant indicating a node of type NumberLiteral.
static int ORIGINAL
          Flag constant (bit mask, value 2) indicating that this is a node that was created by the parser (as opposed to one created by another party).
static int PACKAGE_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type PackageDeclaration.
static int PARAMETERIZED_TYPE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ParameterizedType.
static int PARENTHESIZED_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ParenthesizedExpression.
static int POSTFIX_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type PostfixExpression.
static int PREFIX_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type PrefixExpression.
static int PRIMITIVE_TYPE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type PrimitiveType.
static int PROTECT
          Flag constant (bit mask, value 4) indicating that this node is unmodifiable.
static int QUALIFIED_NAME
          Node type constant indicating a node of type QualifiedName.
static int QUALIFIED_TYPE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type QualifiedType.
static int RECOVERED
          Flag constant (bit mask, value 8) indicating that this node or a part of this node is recovered from source that contains a syntax error detected in the vicinity.
static int RETURN_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ReturnStatement.
static int SIMPLE_NAME
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SimpleName.
static int SIMPLE_TYPE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SimpleType.
static int SINGLE_MEMBER_ANNOTATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SingleMemberAnnotation.
static int SINGLE_VARIABLE_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SingleVariableDeclaration.
static int STRING_LITERAL
          Node type constant indicating a node of type StringLiteral.
static int SUPER_CONSTRUCTOR_INVOCATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SuperConstructorInvocation.
static int SUPER_FIELD_ACCESS
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SuperFieldAccess.
static int SUPER_METHOD_INVOCATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SuperMethodInvocation.
static int SWITCH_CASE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SwitchCase.
static int SWITCH_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SwitchStatement.
static int SYNCHRONIZED_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type SynchronizedStatement.
static int TAG_ELEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TagElement.
static int TEXT_ELEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TextElement.
static int THIS_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ThisExpression.
static int THROW_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type ThrowStatement.
static int TRY_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TryStatement.
static int TYPE_DECLARATION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeDeclaration.
static int TYPE_DECLARATION_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeDeclarationStatement.
static int TYPE_LITERAL
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeLiteral.
static int TYPE_PARAMETER
          Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeParameter.
static int VARIABLE_DECLARATION_EXPRESSION
          Node type constant indicating a node of type VariableDeclarationExpression.
static int VARIABLE_DECLARATION_FRAGMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type VariableDeclarationFragment.
static int VARIABLE_DECLARATION_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type VariableDeclarationStatement.
static int WHILE_STATEMENT
          Node type constant indicating a node of type WhileStatement.
static int WILDCARD_TYPE
          Node type constant indicating a node of type WildcardType.
 
Method Summary
 void accept ( ASTVisitor visitor)
          Accepts the given visitor on a visit of the current node.
static  ASTNode copySubtree ( AST target, ASTNode node)
          Returns a deep copy of the subtree of AST nodes rooted at the given node.
static  List copySubtrees ( AST target, List nodes)
          Returns a deep copy of the subtrees of AST nodes rooted at the given list of nodes.
 void delete ()
          Removes this node from its parent.
 boolean equals ( Object obj)
          The ASTNode implementation of this Object method uses object identity (==).
  AST getAST ()
          Returns this node's AST.
 int getFlags ()
          Returns the flags associated with this node.
 int getLength ()
          Returns the length in characters of the original source file indicating where the source fragment corresponding to this node ends.
  StructuralPropertyDescriptor getLocationInParent ()
          Returns the location of this node within its parent, or null if this is a root node.
 int getNodeType ()
          Returns an integer value identifying the type of this concrete AST node.
  ASTNode getParent ()
          Returns this node's parent node, or null if this is the root node.
  Object getProperty ( String propertyName)
          Returns the named property of this node, or null if none.
  ASTNode getRoot ()
          Returns the root node at or above this node; returns this node if it is a root.
 int getStartPosition ()
          Returns the character index into the original source file indicating where the source fragment corresponding to this node begins.
  Object getStructuralProperty ( StructuralPropertyDescriptor property)
          Returns the value of the given structural property for this node.
 int hashCode ()
           
static  Class nodeClassForType (int nodeType)
          Returns the node class for the corresponding node type.
  Map properties ()
          Returns an unmodifiable table of the properties of this node with non-null values.
 void setFlags (int flags)
          Sets the flags associated with this node to the given value.
 void setProperty ( String propertyName, Object data)
          Sets the named property of this node to the given value, or to null to clear it.
 void setSourceRange (int startPosition, int length)
          Sets the source range of the original source file where the source fragment corresponding to this node was found.
 void setStructuralProperty ( StructuralPropertyDescriptor property, Object value)
          Sets the value of the given structural property for this node.
  List structuralPropertiesForType ()
          Returns a list of structural property descriptors for nodes of the same type as this node.
 int subtreeBytes ()
          Returns an estimate of the memory footprint in bytes of the entire subtree rooted at this node.
 boolean subtreeMatch ( ASTMatcher matcher, Object other)
          Returns whether the subtree rooted at the given node matches the given other object as decided by the given matcher.
  String toString ()
          Returns a string representation of this node suitable for debugging purposes only.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang. Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

ANONYMOUS_CLASS_DECLARATION

public static final int ANONYMOUS_CLASS_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type AnonymousClassDeclaration.

See Also:
AnonymousClassDeclaration, Constant Field Values

ARRAY_ACCESS

public static final int ARRAY_ACCESS
Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayAccess.

See Also:
ArrayAccess, Constant Field Values

ARRAY_CREATION

public static final int ARRAY_CREATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayCreation.

See Also:
ArrayCreation, Constant Field Values

ARRAY_INITIALIZER

public static final int ARRAY_INITIALIZER
Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayInitializer.

See Also:
ArrayInitializer, Constant Field Values

ARRAY_TYPE

public static final int ARRAY_TYPE
Node type constant indicating a node of type ArrayType.

See Also:
ArrayType, Constant Field Values

ASSERT_STATEMENT

public static final int ASSERT_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type AssertStatement.

See Also:
AssertStatement, Constant Field Values

ASSIGNMENT

public static final int ASSIGNMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type Assignment.

See Also:
Assignment, Constant Field Values

BLOCK

public static final int BLOCK
Node type constant indicating a node of type Block.

See Also:
Block, Constant Field Values

BOOLEAN_LITERAL

public static final int BOOLEAN_LITERAL
Node type constant indicating a node of type BooleanLiteral.

See Also:
BooleanLiteral, Constant Field Values

BREAK_STATEMENT

public static final int BREAK_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type BreakStatement.

See Also:
BreakStatement, Constant Field Values

CAST_EXPRESSION

public static final int CAST_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type CastExpression.

See Also:
CastExpression, Constant Field Values

CATCH_CLAUSE

public static final int CATCH_CLAUSE
Node type constant indicating a node of type CatchClause.

See Also:
CatchClause, Constant Field Values

CHARACTER_LITERAL

public static final int CHARACTER_LITERAL
Node type constant indicating a node of type CharacterLiteral.

See Also:
CharacterLiteral, Constant Field Values

CLASS_INSTANCE_CREATION

public static final int CLASS_INSTANCE_CREATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ClassInstanceCreation.

See Also:
ClassInstanceCreation, Constant Field Values

COMPILATION_UNIT

public static final int COMPILATION_UNIT
Node type constant indicating a node of type CompilationUnit.

See Also:
CompilationUnit, Constant Field Values

CONDITIONAL_EXPRESSION

public static final int CONDITIONAL_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ConditionalExpression.

See Also:
ConditionalExpression, Constant Field Values

CONSTRUCTOR_INVOCATION

public static final int CONSTRUCTOR_INVOCATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ConstructorInvocation.

See Also:
ConstructorInvocation, Constant Field Values

CONTINUE_STATEMENT

public static final int CONTINUE_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type ContinueStatement.

See Also:
ContinueStatement, Constant Field Values

DO_STATEMENT

public static final int DO_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type DoStatement.

See Also:
DoStatement, Constant Field Values

EMPTY_STATEMENT

public static final int EMPTY_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type EmptyStatement.

See Also:
EmptyStatement, Constant Field Values

EXPRESSION_STATEMENT

public static final int EXPRESSION_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type ExpressionStatement.

See Also:
ExpressionStatement, Constant Field Values

FIELD_ACCESS

public static final int FIELD_ACCESS
Node type constant indicating a node of type FieldAccess.

See Also:
FieldAccess, Constant Field Values

FIELD_DECLARATION

public static final int FIELD_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type FieldDeclaration.

See Also:
FieldDeclaration, Constant Field Values

FOR_STATEMENT

public static final int FOR_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type ForStatement.

See Also:
ForStatement, Constant Field Values

IF_STATEMENT

public static final int IF_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type IfStatement.

See Also:
IfStatement, Constant Field Values

IMPORT_DECLARATION

public static final int IMPORT_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ImportDeclaration.

See Also:
ImportDeclaration, Constant Field Values

INFIX_EXPRESSION

public static final int INFIX_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type InfixExpression.

See Also:
InfixExpression, Constant Field Values

INITIALIZER

public static final int INITIALIZER
Node type constant indicating a node of type Initializer.

See Also:
Initializer, Constant Field Values

JAVADOC

public static final int JAVADOC
Node type constant indicating a node of type Javadoc.

See Also:
Javadoc, Constant Field Values

LABELED_STATEMENT

public static final int LABELED_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type LabeledStatement.

See Also:
LabeledStatement, Constant Field Values

METHOD_DECLARATION

public static final int METHOD_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodDeclaration.

See Also:
MethodDeclaration, Constant Field Values

METHOD_INVOCATION

public static final int METHOD_INVOCATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodInvocation.

See Also:
MethodInvocation, Constant Field Values

NULL_LITERAL

public static final int NULL_LITERAL
Node type constant indicating a node of type NullLiteral.

See Also:
NullLiteral, Constant Field Values

NUMBER_LITERAL

public static final int NUMBER_LITERAL
Node type constant indicating a node of type NumberLiteral.

See Also:
NumberLiteral, Constant Field Values

PACKAGE_DECLARATION

public static final int PACKAGE_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type PackageDeclaration.

See Also:
PackageDeclaration, Constant Field Values

PARENTHESIZED_EXPRESSION

public static final int PARENTHESIZED_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ParenthesizedExpression.

See Also:
ParenthesizedExpression, Constant Field Values

POSTFIX_EXPRESSION

public static final int POSTFIX_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type PostfixExpression.

See Also:
PostfixExpression, Constant Field Values

PREFIX_EXPRESSION

public static final int PREFIX_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type PrefixExpression.

See Also:
PrefixExpression, Constant Field Values

PRIMITIVE_TYPE

public static final int PRIMITIVE_TYPE
Node type constant indicating a node of type PrimitiveType.

See Also:
PrimitiveType, Constant Field Values

QUALIFIED_NAME

public static final int QUALIFIED_NAME
Node type constant indicating a node of type QualifiedName.

See Also:
QualifiedName, Constant Field Values

RETURN_STATEMENT

public static final int RETURN_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type ReturnStatement.

See Also:
ReturnStatement, Constant Field Values

SIMPLE_NAME

public static final int SIMPLE_NAME
Node type constant indicating a node of type SimpleName.

See Also:
SimpleName, Constant Field Values

SIMPLE_TYPE

public static final int SIMPLE_TYPE
Node type constant indicating a node of type SimpleType.

See Also:
SimpleType, Constant Field Values

SINGLE_VARIABLE_DECLARATION

public static final int SINGLE_VARIABLE_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type SingleVariableDeclaration.

See Also:
SingleVariableDeclaration, Constant Field Values

STRING_LITERAL

public static final int STRING_LITERAL
Node type constant indicating a node of type StringLiteral.

See Also:
StringLiteral, Constant Field Values

SUPER_CONSTRUCTOR_INVOCATION

public static final int SUPER_CONSTRUCTOR_INVOCATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type SuperConstructorInvocation.

See Also:
SuperConstructorInvocation, Constant Field Values

SUPER_FIELD_ACCESS

public static final int SUPER_FIELD_ACCESS
Node type constant indicating a node of type SuperFieldAccess.

See Also:
SuperFieldAccess, Constant Field Values

SUPER_METHOD_INVOCATION

public static final int SUPER_METHOD_INVOCATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type SuperMethodInvocation.

See Also:
SuperMethodInvocation, Constant Field Values

SWITCH_CASE

public static final int SWITCH_CASE
Node type constant indicating a node of type SwitchCase.

See Also:
SwitchCase, Constant Field Values

SWITCH_STATEMENT

public static final int SWITCH_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type SwitchStatement.

See Also:
SwitchStatement, Constant Field Values

SYNCHRONIZED_STATEMENT

public static final int SYNCHRONIZED_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type SynchronizedStatement.

See Also:
SynchronizedStatement, Constant Field Values

THIS_EXPRESSION

public static final int THIS_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type ThisExpression.

See Also:
ThisExpression, Constant Field Values

THROW_STATEMENT

public static final int THROW_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type ThrowStatement.

See Also:
ThrowStatement, Constant Field Values

TRY_STATEMENT

public static final int TRY_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type TryStatement.

See Also:
TryStatement, Constant Field Values

TYPE_DECLARATION

public static final int TYPE_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeDeclaration.

See Also:
TypeDeclaration, Constant Field Values

TYPE_DECLARATION_STATEMENT

public static final int TYPE_DECLARATION_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeDeclarationStatement.

See Also:
TypeDeclarationStatement, Constant Field Values

TYPE_LITERAL

public static final int TYPE_LITERAL
Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeLiteral.

See Also:
TypeLiteral, Constant Field Values

VARIABLE_DECLARATION_EXPRESSION

public static final int VARIABLE_DECLARATION_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type VariableDeclarationExpression.

See Also:
VariableDeclarationExpression, Constant Field Values

VARIABLE_DECLARATION_FRAGMENT

public static final int VARIABLE_DECLARATION_FRAGMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type VariableDeclarationFragment.

See Also:
VariableDeclarationFragment, Constant Field Values

VARIABLE_DECLARATION_STATEMENT

public static final int VARIABLE_DECLARATION_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type VariableDeclarationStatement.

See Also:
VariableDeclarationStatement, Constant Field Values

WHILE_STATEMENT

public static final int WHILE_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type WhileStatement.

See Also:
WhileStatement, Constant Field Values

INSTANCEOF_EXPRESSION

public static final int INSTANCEOF_EXPRESSION
Node type constant indicating a node of type InstanceofExpression.

See Also:
InstanceofExpression, Constant Field Values

LINE_COMMENT

public static final int LINE_COMMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type LineComment.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
LineComment, Constant Field Values

BLOCK_COMMENT

public static final int BLOCK_COMMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type BlockComment.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
BlockComment, Constant Field Values

TAG_ELEMENT

public static final int TAG_ELEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type TagElement.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
TagElement, Constant Field Values

TEXT_ELEMENT

public static final int TEXT_ELEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type TextElement.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
TextElement, Constant Field Values

MEMBER_REF

public static final int MEMBER_REF
Node type constant indicating a node of type MemberRef.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
MemberRef, Constant Field Values

METHOD_REF

public static final int METHOD_REF
Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodRef.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
MethodRef, Constant Field Values

METHOD_REF_PARAMETER

public static final int METHOD_REF_PARAMETER
Node type constant indicating a node of type MethodRefParameter.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
MethodRefParameter, Constant Field Values

ENHANCED_FOR_STATEMENT

public static final int ENHANCED_FOR_STATEMENT
Node type constant indicating a node of type EnhancedForStatement.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
EnhancedForStatement, Constant Field Values

ENUM_DECLARATION

public static final int ENUM_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type EnumDeclaration.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
EnumDeclaration, Constant Field Values

ENUM_CONSTANT_DECLARATION

public static final int ENUM_CONSTANT_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type EnumConstantDeclaration.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
EnumConstantDeclaration, Constant Field Values

TYPE_PARAMETER

public static final int TYPE_PARAMETER
Node type constant indicating a node of type TypeParameter.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
TypeParameter, Constant Field Values

PARAMETERIZED_TYPE

public static final int PARAMETERIZED_TYPE
Node type constant indicating a node of type ParameterizedType.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
ParameterizedType, Constant Field Values

QUALIFIED_TYPE

public static final int QUALIFIED_TYPE
Node type constant indicating a node of type QualifiedType.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
QualifiedType, Constant Field Values

WILDCARD_TYPE

public static final int WILDCARD_TYPE
Node type constant indicating a node of type WildcardType.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
WildcardType, Constant Field Values

NORMAL_ANNOTATION

public static final int NORMAL_ANNOTATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type NormalAnnotation.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
NormalAnnotation, Constant Field Values

MARKER_ANNOTATION

public static final int MARKER_ANNOTATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type MarkerAnnotation.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
MarkerAnnotation, Constant Field Values

SINGLE_MEMBER_ANNOTATION

public static final int SINGLE_MEMBER_ANNOTATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type SingleMemberAnnotation.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
SingleMemberAnnotation, Constant Field Values

MEMBER_VALUE_PAIR

public static final int MEMBER_VALUE_PAIR
Node type constant indicating a node of type MemberValuePair.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
MemberValuePair, Constant Field Values

ANNOTATION_TYPE_DECLARATION

public static final int ANNOTATION_TYPE_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type AnnotationTypeDeclaration.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
AnnotationTypeDeclaration, Constant Field Values

ANNOTATION_TYPE_MEMBER_DECLARATION

public static final int ANNOTATION_TYPE_MEMBER_DECLARATION
Node type constant indicating a node of type AnnotationTypeMemberDeclaration.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
AnnotationTypeMemberDeclaration, Constant Field Values

MODIFIER

public static final int MODIFIER
Node type constant indicating a node of type Modifier.

Since:
3.1
See Also:
Modifier, Constant Field Values

MALFORMED

public static final int MALFORMED
Flag constant (bit mask, value 1) indicating that there is something not quite right with this AST node.

The standard parser (ASTParser) sets this flag on a node to indicate a syntax error detected in the vicinity.

See Also:
Constant Field Values

ORIGINAL

public static final int ORIGINAL
Flag constant (bit mask, value 2) indicating that this is a node that was created by the parser (as opposed to one created by another party).

The standard parser (ASTParser) sets this flag on the nodes it creates.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
Constant Field Values

PROTECT

public static final int PROTECT
Flag constant (bit mask, value 4) indicating that this node is unmodifiable. When a node is marked unmodifiable, the following operations result in a runtime exception:
  • Change a simple property of this node.
  • Add or remove a child node from this node.
  • Parent (or reparent) this node.

The standard parser (ASTParser) does not set this flag on the nodes it creates. However, clients may set this flag on a node to prevent further modification of the its structural properties.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
Constant Field Values

RECOVERED

public static final int RECOVERED
Flag constant (bit mask, value 8) indicating that this node or a part of this node is recovered from source that contains a syntax error detected in the vicinity.

The standard parser (ASTParser) sets this flag on a node to indicate a recovered node.

Since:
3.2
See Also:
Constant Field Values
Method Detail

nodeClassForType

public static 
Class nodeClassForType(int nodeType)
Returns the node class for the corresponding node type.

Parameters:
nodeType - AST node type
Returns:
the corresponding ASTNode subclass
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if nodeType is not a legal AST node type
Since:
3.0
See Also:
getNodeType()

getAST

public final 
AST getAST()
Returns this node's AST.

Note that the relationship between an AST node and its owing AST does not change over the lifetime of a node.

Returns:
the AST that owns this node

getParent

public final 
ASTNode getParent()
Returns this node's parent node, or null if this is the root node.

Note that the relationship between an AST node and its parent node may change over the lifetime of a node.

Returns:
the parent of this node, or null if none

getLocationInParent

public final 
StructuralPropertyDescriptor getLocationInParent()
Returns the location of this node within its parent, or null if this is a root node.

 ASTNode node = ...;
 ASTNode parent = node.getParent();
 StructuralPropertyDescriptor location = node.getLocationInParent();
 assert (parent != null) == (location != null);
 if ((location != null) && location.isChildProperty())
    assert parent.getStructuralProperty(location) == node;
 if ((location != null) && location.isChildListProperty())
    assert ((List) parent.getStructuralProperty(location)).contains(node);
 

Note that the relationship between an AST node and its parent node may change over the lifetime of a node.

Returns:
the location of this node in its parent, or null if this node has no parent
Since:
3.0

getRoot

public final 
ASTNode getRoot()
Returns the root node at or above this node; returns this node if it is a root.

Returns:
the root node at or above this node

getStructuralProperty

public final 
Object getStructuralProperty(
StructuralPropertyDescriptor property)
Returns the value of the given structural property for this node. The value returned depends on the kind of property:

Parameters:
property - the property
Returns:
the value, or null if none
Throws:
RuntimeException - if this node does not have the given property
Since:
3.0

setStructuralProperty

public final void setStructuralProperty(
StructuralPropertyDescriptor property,
                                        
Object value)
Sets the value of the given structural property for this node. The value passed depends on the kind of property:

Parameters:
property - the property
value - the property value
Throws:
RuntimeException - if this node does not have the given property, or if the given property cannot be set
Since:
3.0

structuralPropertiesForType

public final 
List structuralPropertiesForType()
Returns a list of structural property descriptors for nodes of the same type as this node. Clients must not modify the result.

Note that property descriptors are a meta-level mechanism for manipulating ASTNodes in a generic way. They are unrelated to get/setProperty.

Returns:
a list of property descriptors (element type: StructuralPropertyDescriptor)
Since:
3.0

delete

public final void delete()
Removes this node from its parent. Has no effect if this node is unparented. If this node appears as an element of a child list property of its parent, then this node is removed from the list using List.remove. If this node appears as the value of a child property of its parent, then this node is detached from its parent by passing null to the appropriate setter method; this operation fails if this node is in a mandatory property.

Since:
3.0

getProperty

public final 
Object getProperty(
String propertyName)
Returns the named property of this node, or null if none.

Parameters:
propertyName - the property name
Returns:
the property value, or null if none
See Also:
setProperty(String,Object)

setProperty

public final void setProperty(
String propertyName,
                              
Object data)
Sets the named property of this node to the given value, or to null to clear it.

Clients should employ property names that are sufficiently unique to avoid inadvertent conflicts with other clients that might also be setting properties on the same node.

Note that modifying a property is not considered a modification to the AST itself. This is to allow clients to decorate existing nodes with their own properties without jeopardizing certain things (like the validity of bindings), which rely on the underlying tree remaining static.

Parameters:
propertyName - the property name
data - the new property value, or null if none
See Also:
getProperty(String)

properties

public final 
Map properties()
Returns an unmodifiable table of the properties of this node with non-null values.

Returns:
the table of property values keyed by property name (key type: String; value type: Object)

getFlags

public final int getFlags()
Returns the flags associated with this node.

No flags are associated with newly created nodes.

The flags are the bitwise-or of individual flags. The following flags are currently defined:

  • MALFORMED - indicates node is syntactically malformed
  • ORIGINAL - indicates original node created by ASTParser
  • PROTECT - indicates node is protected from further modification
  • RECOVERED - indicates node or a part of this node is recovered from source that contains a syntax error
Other bit positions are reserved for future use.

Returns:
the bitwise-or of individual flags
See Also:
setFlags(int)

setFlags

public final void setFlags(int flags)
Sets the flags associated with this node to the given value.

The flags are the bitwise-or of individual flags. The following flags are currently defined:

  • MALFORMED - indicates node is syntactically malformed
  • ORIGINAL - indicates original node created by ASTParser
  • PROTECT - indicates node is protected from further modification
  • RECOVERED - indicates node or a part of this node is recovered from source that contains a syntax error
Other bit positions are reserved for future use.

Note that the flags are not considered a structural property of the node, and can be changed even if the node is marked as protected.

Parameters:
flags - the bitwise-or of individual flags
See Also:
getFlags()

getNodeType

public final int getNodeType()
Returns an integer value identifying the type of this concrete AST node. The values are small positive integers, suitable for use in switch statements.

For each concrete node type there is a unique node type constant (name and value). The unique node type constant for a concrete node type such as CastExpression is ASTNode.CAST_EXPRESSION.

Returns:
one of the node type constants

equals

public final boolean equals(
Object obj)
The ASTNode implementation of this Object method uses object identity (==). Use subtreeMatch to compare two subtrees for equality.

Overrides:
equals in class Object
Parameters:
obj -
Returns:
See Also:
subtreeMatch(ASTMatcher matcher, Object other)

hashCode

public final int hashCode()
Overrides:
hashCode in class Object

subtreeMatch

public final boolean subtreeMatch(
ASTMatcher matcher,
                                  
Object other)
Returns whether the subtree rooted at the given node matches the given other object as decided by the given matcher.

Parameters:
matcher - the matcher
other - the other object, or null
Returns:
true if the subtree matches, or false if they do not match

copySubtree

public static 
ASTNode copySubtree(
AST target,
                                  
ASTNode node)
Returns a deep copy of the subtree of AST nodes rooted at the given node. The resulting nodes are owned by the given AST, which may be different from the ASTs of the given node. Even if the given node has a parent, the result node will be unparented.

Source range information on the original nodes is automatically copied to the new nodes. Client properties (properties) are not carried over.

The node's AST and the target AST must support the same API level.

Parameters:
target - the AST that is to own the nodes in the result
node - the node to copy, or null if none
Returns:
the copied node, or null if node is null

copySubtrees

public static 
List copySubtrees(
AST target,
                                
List nodes)
Returns a deep copy of the subtrees of AST nodes rooted at the given list of nodes. The resulting nodes are owned by the given AST, which may be different from the ASTs of the nodes in the list. Even if the nodes in the list have parents, the nodes in the result will be unparented.

Source range information on the original nodes is automatically copied to the new nodes. Client properties (properties) are not carried over.

Parameters:
target - the AST that is to own the nodes in the result
nodes - the list of nodes to copy (element type: ASTNode)
Returns:
the list of copied subtrees (element type: ASTNode)

accept

public final void accept(
ASTVisitor visitor)
Accepts the given visitor on a visit of the current node.

Parameters:
visitor - the visitor object
Throws:
IllegalArgumentException - if the visitor is null

getStartPosition

public final int getStartPosition()
Returns the character index into the original source file indicating where the source fragment corresponding to this node begins.

The parser supplies useful well-defined source ranges to the nodes it creates. See ASTParser.setKind(int) for details on precisely where source ranges begin and end.

Returns:
the 0-based character index, or -1 if no source position information is recorded for this node
See Also:
getLength(), ASTParser

getLength

public final int getLength()
Returns the length in characters of the original source file indicating where the source fragment corresponding to this node ends.

The parser supplies useful well-defined source ranges to the nodes it creates. See ASTParser.setKind(int) methods for details on precisely where source ranges begin and end.

Returns:
a (possibly 0) length, or 0 if no source position information is recorded for this node
See Also:
getStartPosition(), ASTParser

setSourceRange

public final void setSourceRange(int startPosition,
                                 int length)
Sets the source range of the original source file where the source fragment corresponding to this node was found.

See ASTParser.setKind(int) for details on precisely where source ranges are supposed to begin and end.

Parameters:
startPosition - a 0-based character index, or -1 if no source position information is available for this node
length - a (possibly 0) length, or 0 if no source position information is recorded for this node
See Also:
getStartPosition(), getLength(), ASTParser

toString

public final 
String toString()
Returns a string representation of this node suitable for debugging purposes only.

Overrides:
toString in class Object
Returns:
a debug string

subtreeBytes

public final int subtreeBytes()
Returns an estimate of the memory footprint in bytes of the entire subtree rooted at this node.

Returns:
the size of this subtree in bytes

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