public interface Describable
Objects supporting persistent descriptions of their identity. Components implementing this interface can write information about their identity to a description, suitable for hashing, etc. Unlike serialization, this is not reversible; objects are expected to write enough information to uniquely identify themselves in a persistent fashion, but not necessarily to reconstruct themselves.
Describable objects will generally be immutable. If they are not, they should write their current description.
void describeTo(DescriptionWriter writer)
Write this class’s description to a sink. Anything relevant to this object’s identity should be digested; the idea is that, barring hash collisions, two objects with the same digest are equivalent. Used for things like deterministically generating cache file names.
writer - The description writer to use.