Why does python not have a mechanism for data hiding?

Bruno Desthuilliers bruno.42.desthuilliers at websiteburo.invalid
Mon Jun 9 11:23:59 CEST 2008

Mark Wooding a écrit :
> Fuzzyman <fuzzyman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So, you are stating that no API programmer using Python *ever* has a
>> valid or genuine reason for wanting (even if he can't have it) genuine
>> 'hiding' of internal state or members from consumers of his (or
>> her...) API?
> I don't want to speak for whoever you were responding to, but from my
> point of view...
> Yes.
> I understand the difference between the documented interface of a system
> and the details of its implementation.  But sometimes it can be useful
> to take advantage of implementation details, particularly if the
> published interface is inadequate in some way.  Whether or not I choose
> to make use of implementation details is a trade-off between immediate
> convenience and maintainability, but that's something I can make a
> rational decision about.
> By enforcing your `data hiding', you're effectively telling me that I'm
> too stupid to make rational decisions of this sort.  And that's actually
> extremely insulting.

I couldn't state it better. +1QOTW btw.

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