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CreateGUID

Script function

world.CreateGUID

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Type

Method

Summary

Creates a GUID - Global Unique Identifier

Prototype

BSTR CreateGUID();

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Description

This generates a unique GUID (Global Unique Identifier). This is guaranteed to be unique throughout the world, and at any time (ie. completely and utterly unique) provided you have a network card in your PC, as part of the GUID is the MAC address of the network card, which are manufactured to be unique world-wide. If you do not have a network card, there is a small possibility that GUIDs generated by two PCs (both without network cards) might be the same.

The GUID will look like this: 6B29FC40-CA47-1067-B31D-00DD010662DA

The purpose of this is to give you a way of having a unique identifier (eg. for a variable). If you were to use it for that purpose you would have to add a letter to the front, as variables must start with a letter, not a number, and change hyphens to underscores. eg.

dim uniqueid
uniqueid = "X" & world.replace (world.createguid, "-", "_", true)

These numbers may seem cumbersome, but at least if you use them you are guaranteed of a unique identifier. The last 12 characters are the hardware MAC address of your network card (in the example above, "00DD010662DA"), so if you wanted an identifier that was unique for your PC, but not necessarily around the world, you could trim off the last 13 characters (eg. "6B29FC40-CA47-1067-B31D" would be unique on this PC). eg.

dim uniqueid
uniqueid = "X" & left (world.replace (world.createguid, "-", "_", true), 23)

(eg. X989B3DD0_7125_11D6_BBB7)

To save a bit more space you could even get rid of the hyphens altogether. eg.

dim uniqueid
uniqueid = "X" & left (world.replace (world.createguid, "-", "", true), 20)

(eg. X989B3DCD712511D6BBB7)

In this case the identifier is only 21 characters (including the "X") and will be unique on this PC.

Contrast this to "GetUniqueNumber" which only returns a unique number for this session of MUSHclient. Thus, the numbers (from "GetUniqueNumber") will not be unique over multiple sessions.

See also the new script function world.GetUniqueID.

Also, using random number generation for unique identifiers has a chance of returning the same number, depending on a) the seed given to the generator; and b) the way the generator must eventually recyle and regenerate the same sequence.


Available in MUSHclient version 3.23 onwards.



VBscript example

world.Note world.CreateGUID


Jscript example

world.Note (world.CreateGUID ());


PerlScript example

$world->Note ($world->CreateGUID ());


Python example

world.Note (world.CreateGUID )


Lua example

Note (CreateGUID ())


Return value

A 36-character GUID.


See Also ...

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(Base64Decode) Takes a base-64 encoded string and decodes it.
(Base64Encode) Encodes a string using base-64 encoding.
(BlendPixel) Blends a single pixel with another, using a specified blending mode
(ChangeDir) Changes the MUSHclient working directory
(EditDistance) Returns the Levenshtein Edit Distance between two words
(ErrorDesc) Converts a MUSHclient script error code into an human-readable description
(ExportXML) Exports a world item in XML format
(FilterPixel) Performs a filtering operation on one pixel
(FixupEscapeSequences) Converts "escape sequences" like \t to their equivalent codes.
(FixupHTML) Fixes up text for writing as HTML
(FlashIcon) Flashes the MUSHclient icon on the Windows taskbar
(GenerateName) Generates a random character name
(GetClipboard) Gets the clipboard contents
(GetScriptTime) Returns the amount of time spent in script routines
(GetSoundStatus) Gets the status of a sound started by PlaySound
(GetUniqueID) Creates a unique ID for general use, or for making Plugin IDs
(GetUniqueNumber) Returns a unique number
(Hash) Produces a hash (checksum) of a specified piece of text
(Help) Shows help for a script function, or a list of functions
(ImportXML) Imports configuration data in XML format
(Menu) Creates a pop-up menu inside the command window
(Metaphone) Returns the metaphone code for the supplied word
(MoveMainWindow) Move and resize the main MUSHclient window
(MoveWorldWindow) Move and resize a world window
(MoveWorldWindowX) Move and resize a specific world window
(MtRand) Returns pseudo-random number using the Mersenne Twister algorithm
(MtSrand) Seed the Mersenne Twister pseudo-random number generator
(PlaySound) Plays a sound using DirectSound
(ReadNamesFile) Loads in a file for generating character names
(Replace) Replaces one substring with another
(SetBackgroundColour) Sets a background colour for the output window
(SetBackgroundImage) Sets a background image for the output window
(SetClipboard) Sets the clipboard contents
(SetForegroundImage) Sets a foreground image for the output window
(SetMainTitle) Sets the main output window title
(SetStatus) Sets the status line text
(SetTitle) Sets the world window title
(SetToolBarPosition) Sets the position of the game toolbars on the screen.
(ShiftTabCompleteItem) Adds an item to the list shown for Shift+Tab completion
(Simulate) Simulate input from the MUD, for debugging purposes
(Sound) Plays a sound
(StopSound) Stop playing a sound started by PlaySound
(StripANSI) Strips ANSI colour sequences from a string
(Trace) Trace mode property
(TraceOut) Outputs the supplied message to the world Trace
(TranslateDebug) Sends a debugging message to the localizing translator script
(TranslateGerman) Translate German umluat sequences
(Transparency) Sets the transparency of the main MUSHclient window under Windows XP
(Trim) Trims leading and trailing spaces from a string

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