Need feedback on simple idea

German Morales germanmorales at
Sat Apr 12 02:14:19 UTC 2003

It seems that Nathanael Schärli wrote:
> I think that the argument about "loosing encapsulation" is complete
> bogus because it has no relevance in practice.

[big snip]

I'd like to add something to Nathanael's explaination...

Sometimes it happens to me that when writing Unit Tests I want to check
internal state of an object, for example to see if it was affected by a
message, and I end up writing (previously not needed) accessors for some
of the instance variables.

Am I the only one?
Unit tests should test as a black box only?
If not, having public accesors is almost a need, at least the "get" ones.

German Morales

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