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From "Ted Dunning (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MATH-348) Indirect access to instance variables
Date Fri, 05 Mar 2010 18:56:27 GMT


Ted Dunning commented on MATH-348:

Gilles said in email:
> I don't see any changes proposed.

I propose to use the instance variable in place of the accessor.

> I see a couple of statements that getters are used (usually considered
> good), and a question about over-riding.

Getters are for accessing to encapsulated data. Within the class itself the
data is readily accessible, so using the accessor is, at best, less
Moreover, if, by mistake, a sub-class overrides the accessor, you can get
inconsistent result: the overridden accessor can return some value while it
is another (the one stored in the instance variable) that is used to perform
the calculation.

> Indirect access to instance variables
> -------------------------------------
>                 Key: MATH-348
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 2.0
>            Reporter: Gilles
>            Priority: Trivial
>   Original Estimate: 1h
>  Remaining Estimate: 1h
> In all the methods (except the setters/getters) of
>   BinomialDistributionImpl
>   CauchyDistributionImpl
>   ExponentialDistributionImpl
>   FDistributionImpl
>   GammaDistributionImpl
>   HypergeometricDistributionImpl
>   TDistributionImpl
>   NormalDistributionImpl
>   WeibullDistributionImpl
>   ZipfDistributionImpl
> the instance variables are accessed through their respective getter.
> This is confusing (and possibly inefficient).
> What would be the expected behaviour of the getter if it were overriden?

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