A mechanism by which you can access the properties of an object indirectly by name or key.
The basic methods for accessing an object’s values are
set, which sets the value for the property identified by the specified key, and
value(for, which returns the value for the property identified by the specified key. Thus, all of an object’s properties can be accessed in a consistent manner.
The default implementation relies on the accessor methods normally implemented by objects (or to access instance variables directly if need be).