Why does python not have a mechanism for data hiding?

Niklas Norrthon niklas.norrthon at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 11 08:07:16 CEST 2008

On 6 Juni, 03:09, "Russ P." <Russ.Paie... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jun 5, 2:57 pm, Hrvoje Niksic <hnik... at xemacs.org> wrote:
> > "Russ P." <Russ.Paie... at gmail.com> writes:
> > > By the way, my recollection is that in C++ access defaults to private
> > > if nothing is declared explicity. So normally the "private"
> > > declaration is unnecessary. If it is left out, your little trick won't
> > > work.
> > How about #define class struct
> I never thought of that one. I wonder what the C++ gurus would say
> about that.
> Let me guess. They'd probably say that the access restrictions are for
> your own good, and bypassing them is bound to do you more harm than
> good in the long run. And they'd probably be right. Just because you
> can break into a box labeled "DANGER HIGH VOLTAGE," that doesn't make
> it a good idea.
> This just goes to show that the whole idea of using header files as
> simple text insertions is flaky to start with, and adding the
> preprocessor just compounds the flakiness. Needless to say, I'mnota
> big fan of C and C++.

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