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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: UUID Reuse proposal
Date Fri, 15 Aug 2003 12:44:52 GMT

+1... I recall having something in lang already like IdentityUtil that
might be merged with this?  

Yoav Shapira
Millennium ChemInformatics

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Gary Gregory []
>Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:33 PM
>To: 'Jakarta Commons Developers List'
>Subject: RE: UUID Reuse proposal
>Another UUID extension I'd like to see and use is a GUID
>that's what MS calls a UUID.
>WRT to lang.uuid, I am not sure that a new namespace is justified
>I'd just put it in .lang like other "basic" types.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Tim Reilly []
>> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 18:32
>> To:;
>> Subject: UUID Reuse proposal
>> I'd like to ask the axis developers to donate the java package
>> org.apache.axis.components.uuid to the Jakarta commons.
>> I'm cross-posting this message on both jakarta commons-dev list and
>> dev
>> list as commons could adopt this package and place somewhere sensible
>> the
>> commons. My suggestion would be as an addition to
>> since the UUID is a special/complex type (aren't all classes, but
>> hopefully
>> you know what I'm saying.)
>> I know not to cross-post but given the request it only makes sense. I
>> realize the package has some basis on the similar package in the BSD
>> licensed project. It doesn't
>> sense to include the UUIDGenFactory, which would remain in place
>> anyone has good ideas on making it more generic?)
>> The reason for this request is that the package is nicely written
>> to
>> the author(s)), and very useful in a number of applications. The
>> developers can use this package; however it does not necessarily make
>> sense
>> for Jetspeed to create a dependency on the axis jar, solely to use
>> package. There are numerous other applications of UUID's that make it
>> ideal candidate for the Jakarta-commons, and I feel that
>> this package within the commons fits nicely with the vision of the
>> commons.
>> Other uses abound, for example struts could use the classes to
>> form is submitted only once. A search of brings
>> some
>> patterns that use guid/uuid.
>> I'd be willing to send the patches to the Axis team if the commons
>> committers are willing to adopt the package and Axis wishes the same.
>> Basically this would be to depreciate
>> org.apache.axis.components.uuid.SimpleUUID and make SimpleUUID extend
>> org.apache.commons.lang.UUID.SimpleUUID (tentative). Then replace the
>> "org.apache.axis.components.uuid.SimpleUUID" strings within the CVS.
>> there is a better way.. I'd be will to do whatever is agreed upon.
>> Please consider this request; I'll keep an eye on each list and if
>> projects agree that would be great and we can proceed.
>> A lesser alternative would be for jakarta-commons to adopt the
>> but
>> axis makes no changes. This is the perhaps the lesser approach since
>> is not fully accomplished but if the Axis committers are reluctant
>> perhaps they could give their "okays" to the lesser approach, and
>> jakarta-commons could still adopt the classes.
>> For more information on UUID:
>> Per javadoc comment -
>> * A Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) is a 128 bit number
>> * according to an algorithm that is guaranteed to be unique in time
>> space
>> * from all other UUIDs. It consists of an IEEE 802 Internet Address
>> * various time stamps to ensure uniqueness. For a complete
>> * see
>> [leach].
>> Thank you for considering.
>> -Tim Reilly
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