[Newbies] Is it generally considered better practice for an object to access its own variables via its getter methods?

stan shepherd squeak414 at free.fr
Fri Aug 8 12:03:32 UTC 2008

Randal L. Schwartz wrote:
> Whether internal accesses to instance vars should use accessors instead of
> direct access is a subject to debate (read: religious war).  I hope you
> haven't accidentally triggered that thread here. 

There is a nice discussion of the pros and cons of each in:


Pages 68-69.

My summary - direct for clarity, indirect for inheritance.
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