Linked by Shlomi Fish on Sat 16th Oct 2004 07:28 UTC
General Development The purpose of this essay is to explain why I believe Perl 6, the way it currently seems to progress, is the wrong thing at the wrong time, and why I predict (with all the expected caveats of predicting something) that it won't be successful. I will also suggest a better alternative for the future of Perl which makes more sense at this point.
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re: jmoiron
by Simba on Mon 18th Oct 2004 00:03 UTC

Actually, it's more than just a naming convention. Using the private naming convention in Python will cause the name to be mangled so that you cannot call it or access it outside the class (unless you specically use the mangled name.)

However, nothing in C++ is really private either. There is nothing to stop me from forging a pointer into a private data member of a class and then accessing it directly.