Protected Methods and Python

Dirk Gerrits dirk at
Mon Apr 14 20:19:49 CEST 2003

Jan Dries wrote:
> Don't worry too much about protected methods. Bjarne Stroustrup, creator 
> of the C++ language, considers them to be a design mistake, and now 
> regrets they were ever added to C++. See "The Design and evolution of 
> C++" by Bjarne Stroustrup, page 302.
> Java and I assume Ruby as well simply copied the concept from C++.

I don't have the book with me, but are you sure it wasn't protected DATA 
members that Bjarne regretted?

Dirk Gerrits

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