[PD-dev] PD patches in XML

Martin Peach martinrp at vax2.concordia.ca
Fri Dec 10 18:24:15 CET 2004

Thomas Grill wrote:

> something like GUIDs would be great, but i think they should be somehow
> readable (not Microsoft-like).

A 32-bit number should be sufficient: 0x00000000 to 0xFFFFFFFF allows 
for more than 4 billion objects in a patch.

> What about a running index per patcher, that is incremented every time an
> object is created?

Yes, that's faster than generating a random number and then checking for 

> Or a date/time/microtime combination?

If objects are never created simultaneously within the resolution of the 
clock...It's still faster just to increment a variable than to query the 
system clock.


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