/*
 
* Java Genetic Algorithm Library (@__identifier__@).
 
* Copyright (c) @__year__@ Franz Wilhelmstötter
 
*
 
* Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 
* you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 
* You may obtain a copy of the License at
 
*
 
*
      
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*
 
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*
 
* Author:
 
*
    
Franz Wilhelmstötter (franz.wilhelmstoetter@gmail.com)
 
*/
package io.jenetics.jpx.format;

import java.util.Optional;

/**
 
* Base interface for formatting (converting) a given type to it's string
 
* representation.
 
*
 
* @author<a href="mailto:franz.wilhelmstoetter@gmail.com">Franz Wilhelmstötter</a>
 
* @version 1.4
 
* @since 1.4
 
*/

interface Format<T> {

	
/**
	 
* Formats the given {@code value} to it's string representation. If it is
	 
* not possible to convert the {@code value} to a string,
	 
* {@link Optional#empty()} is returned.
	 
*
	 
* @param value the value which is converted to a string.
	 
* @return the converted value, or {@link Optional#empty()} if the format
	 
*
         
fails
	 
*/

	
Optional<String> format(final T value);

}