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Model protected properties - Bug?

As this does not throw an error;

class Robots extends \Phalcon\Mvc\Model {
    protected $name;

    public function setName($name)
        $this->name = $name;

$robot = new Robots();
$robot->name = "Bumblebee";

but the following does;

// Notice: Access to undefined property ...
echo $robot->name;

should I override the magic __set() function (in Robots) and throw an Exception, or is it a bug?


You should override the _set method, this method is currently used by the ORM to set records on related relations. Since the _set method is defined on the same model it can write the property due to its protected visibility.

Thanks - from Sunny Australia :)