public abstract Object getStateToBind (Object obj, Name name, Context nameCtx, Hashtable<?, ?> environment) throws NamingException

Retrieves the state of an object for binding.

NamingManager.getStateToBind() successively loads in state factories and invokes this method on them until one produces a non-null answer. DirectoryManager.getStateToBind() successively loads in state factories. If a factory implements DirStateFactory, then DirectoryManager invokes DirStateFactory.getStateToBind(); otherwise it invokes StateFactory.getStateToBind().

When an exception is thrown by a factory, the exception is passed on to the caller of NamingManager.getStateToBind() and DirectoryManager.getStateToBind(). The search for other factories that may produce a non-null answer is halted. A factory should only throw an exception if it is sure that it is the only intended factory and that no other factories should be tried. If this factory cannot create an object using the arguments supplied, it should return null.

The name and nameCtx parameters may optionally be used to specify the name of the object being created. See the description of "Name and Context Parameters" in ObjectFactory.getObjectInstance() for details. If a factory uses nameCtx it should synchronize its use against concurrent access, since context implementations are not guaranteed to be thread-safe.

The name and environment parameters are owned by the caller. The implementation will not modify these objects or keep references to them, although it may keep references to clones or copies.

Parameters:
obj    A non-null object whose state is to be retrieved.
name    The name of this object relative to nameCtx, or null if no name is specified.
nameCtx    The context relative to which the name parameter is specified, or null if name is relative to the default initial context.
environment    The possibly null environment to be used in the creation of the object's state.

Returns:  The object's state for binding; null if the factory is not returning any changes.

Exceptions:
NamingException    if this factory encountered an exception while attempting to get the object's state, and no other factories are to be tried.

See also:
NamingManager.getStateToBind, DirectoryManager.getStateToBind