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Quite true, but do you not intend it to be viewed as "private" ala Java/C++ etc? In which case, the name may actually help to "enforce" your intentions even though the reality is actually different.

No I don't really want it to be viewed as the same as "private" in Java, C++ or whatever. I want it to be viewed as a solution to the sort of problem that is solved by "private" in those languages :-)

Since most Perl coders are used to using my and our to solve namespace issues with variables I think those would be more familiar terms.

The "private" concept in C++ conflates two separate issues:

  • Preventing access to a method
  • Describing the public interface of a class

I like being able to tease those different functions apart - it can sometimes be useful. For example I've seen C++ coders jump through some evil hoops to test their private methods (e.g. #define private public when compiling in the test framework - ewww! :-)

That said, the length is the main issue for me with using PRIVATE::. It's just too much typing.


In reply to Re^6: Private method variations by adrianh
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