@Beta @PublicAPI public interface Descriptor extends Guarded, java.io.Serializable
DescriptorGeneratorinstance for a specific structure.
Note that descriptors generated by different
DescriptorGenerator instances are considered
Note that a Descriptor object optionally can contain additional data not needed for comparison. Such descriptors
are referenced as rich descriptors. Descriptors containing only data required for comparison are referenced as
bare descriptors. (Reference to the guard object (which is often the associated
is considered as data required for comparison, so bare descriptors also contain it.) When these two
representations are available, the associated
DescriptorGenerator is capable of creating a bare-only
Please note that this interface is marked with
Beta annotation, so it can be subject of incompatible
changes or removal in later releases.