The Name of the Name

François REMY fremycompany_pub at yahoo.fr
Wed Aug 1 14:06:20 PDT 2012


Symbol could already be used by parsers and compilers. What about UniqueName?

-----Message d'origine-----
De : Rick Waldron
Envoyé : 01/08/2012 22:34
À : Mark S. Miller
Cc : es-discuss
Objet : Re: The Name of the Name








On Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM, Mark S. Miller wrote:




I like it. +1.




Symbol was on my short list but worried it was too similar to Name.




It seems less likely to conflict with extant code, but not by much.




+1 (but we can get weirder if we wanted to) 

 

Rick 





On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Kevin Reid <kpreid at google.com> wrote:



Lisp precedent: Objects which are used to name things (that is, they

are used as keys by identity), and may be not globally-named

themselves, are called symbols.




On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM, Mark S. Miller <erights at google.com> 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?




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