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Object::ID(3pm) 					User Contributed Perl Documentation					   Object::ID(3pm)

Object::ID - A unique identifier for any object SYNOPSIS
package My::Object; # Imports the object_id method use Object::ID; DESCRIPTION
This is a unique identifier for any object, regardless of its type, structure or contents. Its features are: * Works on ANY object of any type * Does not modify the object in any way * Does not change with the object's contents * Is O(1) to calculate (ie. doesn't matter how big the object is) * The id is unique for the life of the process * The id is always a true value USAGE
Object::ID is a role, rather than inheriting its methods they are imported into your class. To make your class use Object::ID, simply "use Object::ID" in your class. package My::Class; use Object::ID; Then write your class however you want. METHODS
The following methods are made available to your class. object_id my $id = $object->object_id; Returns an identifier unique to the $object. The identifier is not related to the content of the object. It is only unique for the life of the process. There is no guarantee as to the format of the identifier from version to version. For example: my $obj = My::Class->new; my $copy = $obj; # This is true, $obj and $copy refer to the same object $obj->object_id eq $copy->object_id; my $obj2 = My::Class->new; # This is false, $obj and $obj2 are different objects. $obj->object_id eq $obj2->object_id; use Clone; my $clone = clone($obj); # This is false, even though they contain the same data. $obj->object_id eq $clone->object_id; object_uuid my $uuid = $object->object_uuid Like "$object->object_id" but returns a UUID unique to the $object. Only works if Data::UUID is installed. See Data::UUID for more details about UUID. FAQ
Why not just use the object's reference? References are not unique over the life of a process. Perl will reuse references of destroyed objects, as demonstrated by this code snippet: { package Foo; sub new { my $class = shift; my $string = shift; return bless {}, $class; } } for(1..3) { my $obj = Foo->new; print "Object's reference is $obj "; } This will print, for example, "Object's reference is Foo=HASH(0x803704)" three times. How much memory does it use? Very little. Object::ID stores the ID and address of each object you've asked the ID of. Once the object has been destroyed it no longer stores it. In other words, you only pay for what you use. When you're done with it, you don't pay for it any more. LICENSE
Copyright 2010, Michael G Schwern <>. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See <> THANKS
Thank you to Vincent Pit for coming up with the implementation. perl v5.12.4 2011-09-26 Object::ID(3pm)

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TAP::Object(3pm)					 Perl Programmers Reference Guide					  TAP::Object(3pm)

TAP::Object - Base class that provides common functionality to all "TAP::*" modules VERSION
Version 3.26 SYNOPSIS
package TAP::Whatever; use strict; use vars qw(@ISA); use TAP::Object; @ISA = qw(TAP::Object); # new() implementation by TAP::Object sub _initialize { my ( $self, @args) = @_; # initialize your object return $self; } # ... later ... my $obj = TAP::Whatever->new(@args); DESCRIPTION
"TAP::Object" provides a default constructor and exception model for all "TAP::*" classes. Exceptions are raised using Carp. METHODS
Class Methods "new" Create a new object. Any arguments passed to "new" will be passed on to the "_initialize" method. Returns a new object. Instance Methods "_initialize" Initializes a new object. This method is a stub by default, you should override it as appropriate. Note: "new" expects you to return $self or raise an exception. See "_croak", and Carp. "_croak" Raise an exception using "croak" from Carp, eg: $self->_croak( 'why me?', 'aaarrgh!' ); May also be called as a class method. $class->_croak( 'this works too' ); "_confess" Raise an exception using "confess" from Carp, eg: $self->_confess( 'why me?', 'aaarrgh!' ); May also be called as a class method. $class->_confess( 'this works too' ); "_construct" Create a new instance of the specified class. "mk_methods" Create simple getter/setters. __PACKAGE__->mk_methods(@method_names); perl v5.18.2 2014-01-06 TAP::Object(3pm)
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