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ui/id

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Experimental

Create UI component IDs.

Globals

Functions

identify(object)

Makes and/or gets a unique ID for the input.

Making an ID

const { identify } = require('sdk/ui/id');

const Thingy = Class({
  initialize: function(details) {
    let id = identify(this);
  }
});

Getting an ID

const { identify } = require('sdk/ui/id');
const { Thingy } = require('./thingy');

let thing = Thingy(/* ... */);
let thingID = identify(thing);

Defining ID generator

const { identify } = require('sdk/ui/id');

const Thingy = Class(/* ... */);

identify.define(Thingy, thing => thing.guid);
Parameters

object : Object
Object to create an ID for.

Returns

String : Returns a UUID by default (or domain specific ID based on a provided definition).

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