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IStrand.java
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package org.openscience.cdk.interfaces;

import java.util.Collection;
import java.util.Map;

/**
 * A Strand is an AtomContainer which stores additional strand specific
 * informations for a group of Atoms.
 *
 * @cdk.module  interfaces
 * @cdk.githash
 * @cdk.created 2004-12-20
 * @author      Martin Eklund <martin.eklund@farmbio.uu.se>
 */
00042 public interface IStrand extends IAtomContainer {

      /**
       * Retrieve the strand name.
       *
       * @return The name of the Strand object
       * @see    #setStrandName(String)
       */
      public String getStrandName();
      
      /**
       * Retrieve the strand type.
       *
       * @return The type of the Strand object
       * @see    #setStrandType(String)
       */
      public String getStrandType();
      
      /**
       * Set the name of the Strand object.
       *
       * @param cStrandName  The new name for this strand
       * @see                #getStrandName()
       */
      public void setStrandName(String cStrandName);
      
      /**
       * Set the type of the Strand object.
       *
       * @param cStrandType  The new type for this strand
       * @see                #getStrandType()
       */
      public void setStrandType(String cStrandType);

      /**
       * Adds the atom oAtom without specifying a Monomer or a Strand. Therefore the
       * atom gets added to a Monomer of type UNKNOWN in a Strand of type UNKNOWN.
       *
       * @param oAtom  The atom to add
       */
      public void addAtom(IAtom oAtom);
      
      /**
       * Adds the atom oAtom to a specific Monomer.
       *
       * @param oAtom  The atom to add
       * @param oMonomer  The monomer the atom belongs to
       */
      public void addAtom(IAtom oAtom, IMonomer oMonomer);
      
      /**
       * Return the number of monomers present in the Strand.
       *
       * @return number of monomers
       */
      public int getMonomerCount();
      
      /**
       * Retrieve a Monomer object by specifying its name.
       *
       * @param cName  The name of the monomer to look for
       * @return The Monomer object which was asked for
       */
      public IMonomer getMonomer(String cName);
      
      /**
       * Returns a collection of the names of all <code>Monomer</code>s in this
       * polymer.
       *
       * @return a <code>Collection</code> of all the monomer names.
       */
      public Collection<String> getMonomerNames();
      
      /**
       * Removes a particular monomer, specified by its name.
       * 
       * @param name The name of the monomer to remove
       */
      public void removeMonomer(String name);
      
      /**
       * Returns the monomers in this strand. 
       * 
       * @return Map containing the monomers in the strand.
       */
      public Map<String,IMonomer> getMonomers();
}

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