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Most modern object-oriented language support properties, object attributes with a simple syntax for getting and setting their values.

button.text = "Click me!"

Java is a notable exception. In Java, properties are implemented using the JavaBeans convention, as a pair of get/set methods.

button.setText("Click me!")

Some people find this a nuisance and want to fix it. Others find that it is not worth fixing, or even worse, a devilish plot to evict us from the object-oriented paradise. Unfortunately, properties aren’t as sexy as closures, so there hasn’t been a lot of follow-through. Quite a few bloggers bemoan the issue, come up with a draft of a solution, and move on to greener pastures. I thought it would be helpful to have one place that gathers the collective wisdom, in the hope that a complete solution will emerge.

In these pages, Nikolay Botev, a computer science student at San Jose State University, collected a large number of links for use cases, proposals, and issues. I did some editing, and hopefully, so will some of you. Please make an account and contribute.


Comment: 23.02.2008 at 12:43 PM, Anonymous

why not just use a public attributes?

Comment: 02.03.2008 at 01:21 AM, Todd B.Musheno

I agree why not, the reason people use methods is for later injection of code (does that set need to be backed by a db, not now, but what about in 6 months?) I think the real issue here is not in the syntax of the get/set, but in the fact that developers must implement a get set, and then the relationship between then goes away (on a compiler level).


public class Bla {
  private String test = null;

…kind of thing that spits out getters & setters for the simple pojo, may be in order, but that would not change the button.setText("Click me!") syntax.

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