changing stack ID
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Feb 25 18:29:30 EST 2010
> What is the rationale for changing the stack id whenever a new object is
> created in it? I get, and am grateful for, the altID, but what purpose was
> this behavior intended to serve?
IIRC, the stack ID is merely the placeholder for the next available ID
for any object to be created in the stack. It gets incremented as you
make more stuff.
> I got very used to rock solid ID's with you know what. Is there a benefit?
The stack ID serves no useful purpose that I can think of, other than
internally for the engine to ensure unique IDs.
For a unique identifier use the stack name. Stacks in memory much be
uniquely named anyway, and their names have far greater mnemonic value.
Note that the stack's title is separate from the name, so if you like
you can use the name for short strings that are easier to type in your
code, while having fully descriptive titles that can even change at
runtime if needed without altering your stack's name.
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