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 *  $Id: NameGenerator.php 536 2007-01-10 14:30:38Z heltem $
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/**
 * The generic interface to a name generation algorithm.
 *
 * @author     Hans Lellelid <hide@address.com> (Propel)
 * @author     Daniel Rall <hide@address.com> (Torque)
 * @author     Byron Foster <hide@address.com> (Torque)
 * @version    $Revision: 536 $
 * @package    propel.engine.database.model
 */
interface NameGenerator {
	/**
	 * The character used by most implementations as the separator
	 * between name elements.
	 */
	const STD_SEPARATOR_CHAR = '_';

	/**
	 * Traditional method for converting schema table and column names
	 * to PHP names.  The <code>CONV_METHOD_XXX</code> constants
	 * define how names for columns and tables in the database schema
	 * will be converted to PHP source names.
	 *
	 * @see        PhpNameGenerator::underscoreMethod()
	 */
	const CONV_METHOD_UNDERSCORE = "underscore";

	/**
	 * Similar to {@link #CONV_METHOD_UNDERSCORE} except nothing is
	 * converted to lowercase.
	 *
	 * @see        PhpNameGenerator::phpnameMethod()
	 */
	const CONV_METHOD_PHPNAME = "phpname";

	/**
	 * Specifies no modification when converting from a schema column
	 * or table name to a PHP name.
	 */
	const CONV_METHOD_NOCHANGE = "nochange";

	/**
	 * Given a list of <code>String</code> objects, implements an
	 * algorithm which produces a name.
	 *
	 * @param      inputs Inputs used to generate a name.
	 * @return     The generated name.
	 * @throws     EngineException
	 */
	public function generateName($inputs);
}
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