boo-lang /src/Boo.Lang/Runtime/ICoercible.cs

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#region license
// Copyright (c) 2003, 2004, 2005 Rodrigo B. de Oliveira (rbo@acm.org)
// All rights reserved.
// 
// Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification,
// are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:
// 
//     * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice,
//     this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
//     * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
//     this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation
//     and/or other materials provided with the distribution.
//     * Neither the name of Rodrigo B. de Oliveira nor the names of its
//     contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this
//     software without specific prior written permission.
// 
// THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND
// ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED
// WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE
// DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE
// FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL
// DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
// SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER
// CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY,
// OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF
// THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
#endregion


namespace Boo.Lang.Runtime
{
	/// <summary>
	/// Support for user defined dynamic conversions.
	/// 
	/// An use case is a collection class that needs to provide implicit conversions
	/// to any array type.
	/// </summary>
	public interface ICoercible
	{
		/// <summary>
		/// Coerces the object to the specified type if possible.
		/// </summary>
		/// <param name="to">target type</param>
		/// <returns>returns the coerced object or this</returns>
		object Coerce(System.Type to);
	}
}
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