> This isn't a coding convention, but rather software engineering. If
> we wish to be able to back-compatibly modify Lucene's implementation
> at a later date, its usually easiest to have access through methods
> rather than fields, since we can intecept reads and writes to the field.
Standard accessor/mutator stuff... but how often is it used? Rarely if
ever... The point being there are a lot of benefits to just make it
non-final. I sent an email to commons-dev about this. I should
probably just blog about it so I can give you a permalink :)
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