- I don't necessarily trust the kids of my friends. The privileges of friendship aren't inherited. Derived classes of a friend aren't necessarily friends. If class Fred declares that class Base is a friend, classes derived from Base don't have any automatic special access rights to Fred objects.
- I don't necessarily trust the friends of my friends. The privileges of friendship aren't transitive. A friend of a friend isn't necessarily a friend. If class Fred declares class Wilma as a friend, and class Wilma declares class Betty as a friend, class Betty doesn't necessarily have any special access rights to Fred objects.
- You don't necessarily trust me simply because I declare you my friend. The privileges of friendship aren't reciprocal. If class Fred declares that class Wilma is a friend, Wilma objects have special access to Fred objects but Fred objects do not automatically have special access to Wilma objects.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Friendship isn't inherited, transitive, or reciprocal
Just because I grant you friendship access to me doesn't automatically grant your kids access to me, doesn't automatically grant your friends access to me, and doesn't automatically grant me access to you.