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Naming things

Hashes, UUIDs, deep and inscrutable singular Names

Terms

Hash
Do some arithmetic on the thingy represented as an integer.
UUID
Universally unique identifier

Implementations

proquint:

pronounceable UUIDs, in c, java and javascript

In general what would help the humans would be if IDs were not only unique, but were also that are readable, spellable, and pronounceable and just generally convenient for a human to use — as well as being a reasonably efficient information encoding. We therefore propose PRO-nouncable QUINT-uplets of alternating unambiguous consonants and vowels, or “proquints”, as the solution.

There is only so much Shannon entropy you can get by pushing air through flapping organs originally purposed for eating and breathing. We assume it best to re-use the method to which natural language has already converged.

shortuuid:

python library used by some respectable projects; a good choice I suppose?

shortuuid is a simple python library that generates concise, unambiguous, URL-safe UUIDs.

Often, one needs to use non-sequential IDs in places where users will see them, but the IDs must be as concise and easy to use as possible. shortuuid solves this problem by generating uuids using Python’s built-in uuid module and then translating them to base57 using lowercase and uppercase letters and digits, and removing similar-looking characters such as l, 1, I, O and 0.

nom
A name generator in go.
mnemonic

python reference implementation of bip39:

// Generate a random mnemonic using crypto.randomBytes
mnemonic = bip39.generateMnemonic() // strength defaults to 128 bits
// 'seed sock milk update focus rotate barely fade car face mechanic mercy'

Online uuid generator