Sam Smoot wrote:
> Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
>> prints 1 and "bar", so that they need not to be protected by
>> visibility.  They are, even if they are accepted, just for narrowing
>> constants list.
>>
>> 							matz.
> 
> In light of that, might the solution here simply be sub-classing the
> objects involved (such as File) instead of decorating the existing
> classes?

Most of the time I would, but there are times when you want to redefine 
methods of existing classes.

Also, C++ and C# seem to have the concept of private constants.  What 
they're used for in practice, though, I'm not sure.  I'll have to 
research more.

Regards,

Dan