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java.rmi.server
Class UID

java.lang.Object
  extended by java.rmi.server.UID
All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable

public final class UID
extends Object
implements Serializable

A UID represents an identifier that is unique over time with respect to the host it is generated on, or one of 216 "well-known" identifiers.

The UID() constructor can be used to generate an identifier that is unique over time with respect to the host it is generated on. The UID(short) constructor can be used to create one of 216 well-known identifiers.

A UID instance contains three primitive values:

An independently generated UID instance is unique over time with respect to the host it is generated on as long as the host requires more than one millisecond to reboot and its system clock is never set backward. A globally unique identifier can be constructed by pairing a UID instance with a unique host identifier, such as an IP address.

Since:
JDK1.1
See Also:
Serialized Form

Constructor Summary
UID()
          Generates a UID that is unique over time with respect to the host that it was generated on.
UID(short num)
          Creates a "well-known" UID.
 
Method Summary
 boolean equals(Object obj)
          Compares the specified object with this UID for equality.
 int hashCode()
          Returns the hash code value for this UID.
static UID read(DataInput in)
          Constructs and returns a new UID instance by unmarshalling a binary representation from an DataInput instance.
 String toString()
          Returns a string representation of this UID.
 void write(DataOutput out)
          Marshals a binary representation of this UID to a DataOutput instance.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

UID

public UID()
Generates a UID that is unique over time with respect to the host that it was generated on.


UID

public UID(short num)
Creates a "well-known" UID. There are 216 possible such well-known ids.

A UID created via this constructor will not clash with any UIDs generated via the no-arg constructor.

Parameters:
num - number for well-known UID
Method Detail

hashCode

public int hashCode()
Returns the hash code value for this UID.

Overrides:
hashCode in class Object
Returns:
the hash code value for this UID

equals

public boolean equals(Object obj)
Compares the specified object with this UID for equality. This method returns true if and only if the specified object is a UID instance with the same unique, time, and count values as this one.

Overrides:
equals in class Object
Parameters:
obj - the object to compare this UID to
Returns:
true if the given object is equivalent to this one, and false otherwise

toString

public String toString()
Returns a string representation of this UID.

Overrides:
toString in class Object
Returns:
a string representation of this UID

write

public void write(DataOutput out)
           throws IOException
Marshals a binary representation of this UID to a DataOutput instance.

Specifically, this method first invokes the given stream's DataOutput.writeInt(int) method with this UID's unique value, then it invokes the stream's DataOutput.writeLong(long) method with this UID's time value, and then it invokes the stream's DataOutput.writeShort(int) method with this UID's count value.

Parameters:
out - the DataOutput instance to write this UID to
Throws:
IOException - if an I/O error occurs while performing this operation

read

public static UID read(DataInput in)
                throws IOException
Constructs and returns a new UID instance by unmarshalling a binary representation from an DataInput instance.

Specifically, this method first invokes the given stream's DataInput.readInt() method to read a unique value, then it invoke's the stream's DataInput.readLong() method to read a time value, then it invoke's the stream's DataInput.readShort() method to read a count value, and then it creates and returns a new UID instance that contains the unique, time, and count values that were read from the stream.

Parameters:
in - the DataInput instance to read UID from
Returns:
unmarshalled UID instance
Throws:
IOException - if an I/O error occurs while performing this operation

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