Originally posted by Sunil Vasudevan: Doesn't this defeat encapsulation?
A class that would be 100% encapsulated would be worthless, because you couldn't communicate with it. With other words, there always is a balance between encapsulation and other forces. Sometimes that means that violating encapsulation to the point of accessing a private field is *the right to do*!
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