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Re: objname vs dbref

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Mon Jul 11 10:45:55 1994 )

To: stewarta@netcom.com (Alex Stewart)
Cc: deforest@netcom.com (Robert de Forest), coldstuff@MIT.EDU
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 11 Jul 1994 03:19:16 PDT."
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 1994 10:39:35 -0400
From: Greg Hudson <ghudson@MIT.EDU>

> As I've said before, I see no reason why the $foo syntax shouldn't
> be called a dbref.  It is, quite simply, the way database objects
> are referenced ("db"-"ref") by anything outside server internals
> (i.e. by the real world).

"Dbref" has traditionally been a data type referring to an object in
the database.  This is completely divorced from the $foo syntax and
any numbering of objects.

That objects are numbered at all should not be visible to the
programmer, although it still is in 0.10.