[Baypiggies] What's the "Pythonic" way to access class attributes?

Tony Cappellini cappy2112 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 17:07:29 EDT 2016

I'm surprise that properties wasn't brought up.



On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 2:29 AM, Braun Brelin <bbrelin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I just wanted to get the list's opinion on something.
> Since Python doesn't really have the concept of private and protected
> attribute access protections a la Java or C++ (Yes, I know you can use
> the __ and _ prefixes to declare something private or protected in
> Python, but that really only does name-mangling on the attribute name
> rather than explicitly disallow access to the attribute from outside the
> class), is it better to still access the attribute directly a la
> Foo.bar = 10 or use a setter/getter approach like Foo.setBar(10)?
> It seems to me that option one is better, especially if I can use a
> descriptor with the attribute.
> Any thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Braun Brelin
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