The Name of the Name

Rick Waldron waldron.rick at
Wed Aug 1 13:28:38 PDT 2012

On Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM, Mark S. Miller wrote:

> Now that we have both private Names and unique Names, the general
> category covering both is simply Names. Properties can therefore be
> indexed by strings or Names. Strings are the ones consisting of a
> sequence of characters that can typically be pronounced. Names are
> anonymous identities.
> In the real world, names and identities are distinct concepts, and
> names are the one corresponding to a unique sequence of characters
> that can be pronounced.
> Is "Name" exactly the wrong name for a opaque unique identity
> typically used to index a property? Is there a better term?

Absolutely agree - I also think that Name has a high probability of extant code breakage. 

I've spent some time looking at synonyms for "Unique", but nothing immediately stands out as "intuitive API"

Did you have any specific replacement?

> -- 
> Cheers,
> --MarkM
> _______________________________________________
> es-discuss mailing list
> es-discuss at

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the es-discuss mailing list