Return a String ID for the given remote object, that is unique within the
This must be implemented by subsystem element adapters in order to
marshal a reference to the remote object for drag and drop, and clipboard
support. It is also used for uniquely identifying objects with changing
properties in the SystemView. This method is the functional opposite of
The unique ID for an object must remain the same over the entire lifetime
of that object, such that it can always be identified. When an object is
renamed, it should be removed from the views with the old ID and then
re-added with the new ID. This is especially important for the
SystemView, where the String ID is used for finding multiple occurrences
of the same remote resource in different contexts during refresh events.
In this case, the String ID can be used to find the remote object even if
its hashCode changes due to updated properties. So even if a subsystem
does not support drag and drop, or clipboard operations, it does need to
return unique IDs for its object to support refresh in the SystemView.
Because each subsystem maintains its own objects, it is the
responsibility of the subsystem and its adapters to come up with a
mapping that is unique for the subsystem. Some subsystems use fully
qualified path names, while others may use other methods. Extenders just
need to ensure that objects of different type (such as filters, actual
resources or error messages) all have different IDs within the subsystem,
and the corresponding
method actually finds the object by the given ID. Other subsystems do not
need to be considered.
Uniqueness and Multiple Contexts
SystemView allows the same remote object to be displayed in multiple
different contexts, i.e. under multiple different filters. In this case,
each occurrence of the same object must return the same absolute name.
For the reverse mapping, however, it is up to the subsystem whether its
IRemoteObjectResolver returns only one internal model object for
the given identifier, or multiple context objects which all refer to the
same remote object but also hold context information.
In the File Subsystem, a fully qualified
pathname is used to uniquely identify remote objects. For other kinds of
objects maintained by the same subsystem, the following schemes are used:
All these IDs for internal elements like the subsystem itself or the
filters start with a profile name which must not contain any of the / \
or : characters. Fully qualified path names, on the other hand, always
start with a / or \ character (UNIX style paths, Windows UNC paths) or
have a : character on the second position (Windows drive letters). The
SEARCH_RESULT_DELIMITER is ":SEARCH" which cannot be part of a valid
filename. Therefore, this naming scheme is guaranteed to be unique.
- The subsystem itself is identified as
- Filter Pool References are identified as
- Filter References are identified as
- see SystemViewFilterReferenceAdapter
- Search Results are identified by the
IHostSearchResult.SEARCH_RESULT_DELIMITER embedded in the ID.