Functors for creating modules that mint unique identifiers.
An abstract unique identifier based on ordinary OCaml integers. Be careful, this may easily overflow on 32bit platforms! Int63 is a safer choice for portability.
Int is useful when one is passing unique ids to C and needs a guarantee as to their
Int is always represented as an integer, while
Int63 is either an
integer (on 64-bit machines) or a pointer (on 32-bit machines).
The generated ids will therefore be fast to generate and not use much memory. If you do not have very stringent requirements on the size, speed, and ordering of your IDs then you should use the UUIDM library instead, which will give you a truly unique id, even amongst different runs and different machines.
If you do the following:
module Id1 = Int (Unit) module Id2 = Int (Unit)
then the types Id1.t and Id2.t are equivalent. On the other hand, if you do
module Id1 : Id = Int (Unit) module Id2 : Id = Int (Unit)
then the types Id1.t and Id2.t are distinct. Thus, you should use the latter form.