public abstract interface Element
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Represents a program element such as a module, package, class, or method. Each element represents a static, language-level construct (and not, for example, a runtime construct of the virtual machine).

Elements should be compared using the equals(Object) method. There is no guarantee that any particular element will always be represented by the same object.

To implement operations based on the class of an Element object, either use a visitor or use the result of the getKind method. Using instanceof is not necessarily a reliable idiom for determining the effective class of an object in this modeling hierarchy since an implementation may choose to have a single object implement multiple Element subinterfaces.

extends AnnotatedConstruct

See also:
Elements, TypeMirror

Since:  1.6