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009 The Original Code is "Variable.java".  Description:
010 "Interface type for Varies"
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027package ca.uhn.hl7v2.model;
030 * Interface type for Varies
031 */
032public interface Variable extends Type {
034    /**
035     * Returns the data contained by this instance of Variable.  Returns a {@link ca.uhn.hl7v2.model.GenericPrimitive} unless
036     * {@link #setData(Type)} has been called.
037     *
038     * @return the data contained by this instance of Variable
039     */
040    Type getData();
042    /**
043     * Sets the data contained by this instance of Variable.  If a data object already exists,
044     * then its values are copied to the incoming data object before the old one is replaced.
045     * For example, if {@link #getData()} returns an ST with the value "19901012" and you call
046     * setData(new DT()), then subsequent calls to {@link #getData()} will return the same DT, with the value
047     * set to "19901012".
048     *
049     * @param data the data to be set for this Varies instance
050     * @throws DataTypeException if the data could not be set
051     */
052    void setData(Type data) throws DataTypeException;