if you want it for debugging, then static type checkers can do that for you.

2) This would allow another branch of OOP programming to enter Python. Read-only member variables. There are Private members in Java and C++.

Then use Java or C++ -- the benefits of Python are not primarily the syntax, but it's dynamic nature.

Though this does bring up an interesting (to the ignorant of most things typing me) question: Do the static type checkers support the concept of private attributes?

That might be a nice feature.

-CHB

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Chris Barker
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