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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 :)