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Re^3: The fallacy of the *requirement* for read-only instance variables.by BrowserUk (Pope)
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And my response remains the same.
Outside of the myopia of a for-arguments-sake-only, do-nothing-and-no-details example, this does not stand up to scrutiny.
For your example of dogs, which live longer than the program runs, your unique ids have to persist longer than one run of the program, else they serve no purpose. The object handle is already a unique identifier for programmic purposes.
And once you persist your objects (with identifiers) to disk, you need to be able to re-constitute them by instantiating instances that will be given their ids as read from disk. But, you also need to be able to instantiate new instances which will get their ID from the class.
Now you need to be able to set the ID to be either then next increment of the monotonically rising counter; or set it to the value read back from disk.
Therefore, you need a setter. Even if that setter is programmed to only work once per instance. (Ie. Write-once, not Read-only)
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