Friday, May 09, 2008

The Scala cone of silence

I've been waiting so long for this. Now with Scala you can restrict access to your classes by package name, allowing only a package and its nested packages access. Say you had the packages,

Then the access modifier private[agent] would limit access to the last two packages only.

You can also define members as object-private with the access modifier private[this]. This restricts access to the specific instance. In Java, other instances of the same class can access private fields. Did you realize that?

What a wonderful cone of silence!

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