Why does python not have a mechanism for data hiding?

Antoon Pardon apardon at forel.vub.ac.be
Wed Jun 4 14:11:13 CEST 2008

On 2008-06-04, NickC <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jun 4, 4:09 am, "Russ P." <Russ.Paie... at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What is it about leading underscores that bothers me? To me, they are
>> like a small pebble in your shoe while you are on a hike. Yes, you can
>> live with it, and it does no harm, but you still want to get rid of it.
> With leading underscores, you can see *at the point of dereference*
> that the code is accessing private data.

But the leading underscore doesn't tell you whether it is your own
private date, which you can use a you see fit, or those of someone
else, which you have to be very carefull with.

Antoon Pardon

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