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From: Johan Torp (johan.torp_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-05-24 09:55:21

> For Javabeans you can look at .
> For dotnet components you can look at MSDN online at
> and search for
> 'property'.

Cheers, I will look into these later on.

> Properties in Java and dotnet are not exposed member variables. Rather
> they are member functions which get and/or set values. The advantage of
> a property is that one can use member data access notation, ie. avalue =
> someObject.someMember for getters and someObject.someMember = avalue for
> setters, and one is internally calling a member function to get or set
> some value. The value itself does not even have to be a data member but
> can be retreived or assigned on the fly. For many C++ programmers
> properties are merely syntactic sugar for calling a getSomeValue and/or
> setSomeValue member function, which in essence it is, but it regularizes
> the syntax in a consistent way.

You're absolutely right.

I will definitely read up on properties as they are a similar construct, thanks
for the input.

What I want to achieve is different though. I am not interested in adding
syntactic sugar. I also think properties doesn't communicate clearly what they
do. A name like observable_value<bool> is much clearer.

Best Regards, Johan

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