Strategy interface for resolving a location pattern (for example,
an Ant-style path pattern) into Resource objects.
This is an extension to the
interface. A passed-in ResourceLoader (for example, an
ApplicationContext passed in via
ResourceLoaderAware when running in a context)
can be checked whether it implements this extended interface too.
PathMatchingResourcePatternResolver is a standalone implementation
that is usable outside an ApplicationContext, also used by
ResourceArrayPropertyEditor for populating Resource array bean properties.
Can be used with any sort of location pattern (e.g. "/WEB-INF/*-context.xml"):
Input patterns have to match the strategy implementation. This interface just
specifies the conversion method rather than a specific pattern format.
This interface also suggests a new resource prefix "classpath*:" for all
matching resources from the class path. Note that the resource location is
expected to be a path without placeholders in this case (e.g. "/beans.xml");
JAR files or classes directories can contain multiple files of the same name.