The Name of the Name

Russell Leggett russell.leggett at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 14:17:41 PDT 2012


Symbol is not bad. I think people could use it for similar purposes as
Ruby's symbols, but it might get a little confusing at the differences -
not that it should stop us if we like the word.

Some other ideas:

Key, Signature (unforgeable), Token, Privilege

- Russ

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM, François REMY <fremycompany_pub at yahoo.fr>wrote:

> Symbol could already be used by parsers and compilers. What about
> UniqueName?
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> De : Rick Waldron
> Envoyé : 01/08/2012 22:34
> À : Mark S. Miller
> Cc : es-discuss
> Objet : Re: The Name of the Name
>
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> 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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