Prevent setting a property value after already been set

Let's say we write an infrastructure of entities and their interaction with Nhibernate and the rest of the server side logic.
We want Nhibernate to do whatever it needs. But we also want to limit the application programmer from doing crazy things, for example: Setting the Unique Identifier of an existing entity to another value. I know it sounds crazy but in a medium-sized team, anything can happen and this stuff is critical for the future.

So I thought about a very KIS way to implement this kind of protection.

* What I write here is the most readable version of my code, you can extract method, use interceptor, AOP, whatever works for you.

private long _id;

public long ID
  get { return _id; }
    if (!_id.Equals(default(long)) && !_id.Equals(value))
      throw new InvalidOperationException(
        "You can't set this property, it has already been set");
    _id = value;

Very simple, easy to test, and it works with NHibernate proxy.


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