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Should I always use prefix private methods with an underscore in Python?

Prefixing methods and members with an underscore indicates internal use. For simple classes, I sometimes find the easier reading and typing of self.foo outweighing the indent of self._foo. Especially ...
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Inner and outer class relationship: should outer class be friend of inner's?

Is this design bad? Does it break encapsulation? The structure class B is a component of class A. Therefore, class A needs access to class B's members. Let a house be class A. Let a housekeeper be a ...
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Private fields and encapsulation

I'm reading the head first c# book and don't quite understand what this means. "Any class can see private fields in another instances of the same class"
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JPA: Property/encapsulated objects instead of fields

I'm moving to JPA (JavaEE, Eclipselink) from a very large C# project. The classes were not using simple fields but Property objects. Example: //C# public class State : DataObject<State> //base ...
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Chain accessors or return the value of private pointer

hopefully the title isnt too confusing, I am having trouble thinking through what best-practice dictate I do in this situation. Say I have the following class structure Class A { public: bool ...
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Do you generally send objects or their member variables into functions?

Which is generally accepted practice between these two cases: function insertIntoDatabase(Account account, Otherthing thing) { database.insertMethod(account.getId(), thing.getId(), thing....
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Don't auto-implemented properties violate encapsulation?

In C#, when a field getting or setting requires logic, we use properties. For example: private int _age; public int Age { get { Console.Writeline("Club member is {0} years old", _age);...
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Why do we need enums in dynamically typed languages?

I was reading some code here and saw that an enum is used to store names of html tags. Why do we ever need to do this? What benefit do I get using this strategy? I know that how useful enums are in ...
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Should I actually be using encapsulation here?

Problem Statement I am going to write a library to control a whole bunch of relays, and I am just trying to think conceptually right now. Here are my design constraints: We have an exact number of ...
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How far should encapsulation in JavaScript go?

I have a variable which I want to use in only one function. I can write my code like this: var theAnswerToLife = 42 var multiplyIt = function(x) { return ++theAnswerToLife * x } I have some ...
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Testing properties with private setters

Currently in a part of my project a domain object like below exists: public class Address { public virtual string HouseName { get; set; } public virtual string HouseNumber { get; set; } ...
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How do I deal with unneeded inherited members?

Consider the following UML diagram: In a nutshell: ChildClass1 and ChildClass2 use all of the members of ParentClass. ChildClass3only uses Member1 and Member2 and the value of Member5 is a ...
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Best practices for using public, protected, private?

Is it fair to say that it is good practice to default everything to private up front when coding something? And then only upgrade it to protected if a subclass needs it, or public if another class ...
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Is it okay for a class to use its own public method?

Background I currently have a situation where I have an object that is both transmitted and received by a device. This message has several constructs, as follows: public void ReverseData() public ...
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Why have private fields, isn't protected enough?

Is the visibility private of class fields/properties/attributes useful? In OOP, sooner or later, you are going to make a subclass of a class and in that case, it is good to understand and being able ...
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Data Mapper pattern vs. model encapsulation

I am currently developing my first custom data mapper layer but have run into a conceptual problem that seems to be glossed over all books and guides I have read. My problem is as follows. My data ...
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Change object state in different point in program

This is not about whether or not getters/setters are wrong. I understand its impact to encapsulation and that question has been raised here and SO several times already. I also do not want to just ...
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Best practice for settings for PHP class for code generation [closed]

I would like to have a class creating any code from given options and output it in a chosen way. I have written class for generation of simple JavaScript code for such cases where is needed to ...
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Javascript Closure Style Similar to Java Class Structure

PROBLEM: There is a coding imperative (S. McConnel, Code Complete) that one shouldn't code on language, but by means of it, e.g. doing right style things even if language doesn't have some ...
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Passing MVVM objects to other classes [closed]

So I'm using C# WPF and binding to a Model View to display states. The data that needs to be displayed is spread across a couple different classes. For instance I have a class that reads out digital ...
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Class design dilemma: Encapsulation vs Single Responsibility/Separation of Concerns

I'm working on a class that represents an object with multiple representations - one is an XML type representation used by an automatic ordering system, the other is a POJO-based representation used ...
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Having a globally static cached list without breaking encapsulation?

I have a couple wrappers around third party APIs that allow me to retrieve information from certain web services. Querying these services can be rather time intensive, so in my older version of my ...
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Setting up my inheritance model?

I'm working on refactoring a synchronization web app that our company uses. Currently it's merely a set of controllers that fire up a set of helpers that go through a long chain of if-else type ...
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Should I hold an Id and the Item [duplicate]

Let's say I have a Customer which contains an Address class like: public class Customer { public int Id { get; set; } public string FirstName { get; set; } public string LastName { get; ...
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A condition on an argument used in multiple calls of a method: enforced by caller or by the method?

Let's assume I have an object a of a class A. It has a method that needs an argument in form of another object of a particular type - but the argument should also be in particular state, because the ...
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How to mitigate complexity of fallbacks introduced to automatically retry upon failure?

So this may come off a bit broad and generalized, but after spending some time working around under developers, I've come to notice many different methods and design patterns. However, one big thing ...
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Difference of efficiency [duplicate]

I'm doing a compiler, and I'm using the System.out.println(); to print assembly; And the code get bigger, and more complicate to understand. I want to know whats is the difference of efficiency ...
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Meaning of using getters and setters and Uses of parameterized Constructor. [duplicate]

I am using getters and setters to for the purpose of encapsulation. public class Student { private String studentID; private String studentName; private String address; public ...
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Does returning pointer to composed objects violate encapsulation

When I want to create an object which aggregates other objects, I find myself wanting to give access to the internal objects instead of revealing the interface to the internal objects with passthrough ...
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What is the usefulness of private variables? [duplicate]

While I've never used a language that had built-in variable privacy, a book I'm reading by Douglas Crockford explains a way to create privacy in JavaScript, however it doesn't make sense to me so. The ...
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How is encapsulation broken by getters/setters, even when using MVC model [duplicate]

I was thinking about encapsulation in Java and then I thought how getters/setters break encapsulation. After I went through this , I saw many recommendations like to avoid getters/setters on fields ...
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'Encapsulation Vs Performance' trade-off in a lockable linked list

Main purpose of encapsulation is to protect in-variants of any class(in java). Here is the complete code for class DList/class lockDList/class DListNode/class LockDListNode. class DList and it's ...
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Abstract/encapsulating session superglobal usage inside common accessor class

I am in the process of removing direct dependencies from an existing project. I have now come to removing the direct use of $_SESSION inside scripts. This is to make the same scripts available for an ...
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Nested POJOs, exposing collections, detecting changes

I have a couple plain object classes to represent data read from a file. They look something like this: public class Command { private String name; private List<Message> messages; } ...
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If the representation part of type abstraction is declared private, then how does sub-classing violate encapsulation?

Here, I learned that sub-classing violates encapsulation: it violates encapsulation, since the implementations of the superclass and subclass become tightly coupled For instance, If we consider ...
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Why I need to make method of my class private, If I need to access it throughout my application?

I am going through the beginners tutorial for C# from a website http://www.homeandlearn.co.uk/csharp/csharp_s10p1.html On chapter of classes, it makes the method of class private and then use ...
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Access fields of super class from derived classes [duplicate]

There is an abstract BaseGame class that will be inherited by specific game classes. This class has an attribute requestHandler that will be used in all subclasses and should be initialized in the ...
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TDD Red-Green-Refactor and if/how to test methods that become private

as far as I understand it, most people seem to agree that private methods should not be tested directly, but rather through whatever public methods call them. I can see their point, but I have some ...
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Design question concerning proper and practical encapsulation

I have been working on refactoring old code and found a lot of instances of the following type of situation: There is a master object which we call "Application" and there is only one of these. The ...
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How much to encapsulate when objects being dealt with are pretty similar

As I have been answering questions related to object-oriented design and how to go about reducing the amount of classes to make sure that there is not a lot of "class clutter" and code repetition I ...
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Why am I getting field visibility warnings in Sonar?

Some static analysis tools flag non-private fields with Variable '[nameHere]' must be private and have accessor methods. Sonar consistently presents such warnings and wants to change all ...
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Can “higher order function” feature allow/maintain abstraction and encapsulation?

Below is the function repeat written using a functional paradigm, such that when called as repeat(square, 2)(5) it will apply the square function 2 times on the number 5, something like square(square(...
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Should private functions be held to the same standards as public functions?

If I'm building private utility functions, should they be held to the same rigorous standards in terms of handling invalid data as public functions? Example:If I'm writing code to calculate the ...
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How can I use the “Non-Member Functions Improve Encapsulation” pattern from C#?

In 2000, Scott Meyers argued that non-member functions improve encapsulation. In C++, a non-member function is a C-style global function: http://www.drdobbs.com/cpp/how-non-member-functions-improve-...
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Should methods perform checks that they accomplished the task they were built for? or should they just throw an exception?

What are some pro's and con's of validating your performed the task intended? public static bool UploadFile(string filename) { // 1. upload the file // 2. check to see if the file now exist ...
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Encapsulation: Should all properties be private and protected?

After learning about encapsulation in OOP, I started to use only protected and private properties, share data via accessors and change properties via mutators. Right now, I'm afraid of declaring ...
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Query on hiding implementation details in java

With the below piece of thread related code, I see that author of Thread class is hiding the details about the working of start() method. What a user of Thread class need to know is, class Thread ...
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Why public access level method get overridden in java?

This question is raised with a clarification required to decide when to declare a method protected or public during class design of a package. My point is, if one needs to override a method of a ...
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Getters and Setters unclear example

I know autmatic getters and setters are considers bad as they tend to break object's encapsulation. They also move the work that should have been done within the object outside. Allen Holub is a big ...
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Architecture - 3D Modeling Library

I'm writing a library to allow users to generate 3D models programatically. User writes code (e.g. Square(4)) User views preview of 3D model (with built in visualizer) User can "print" the model to ...