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C# C# Objects Encapsulation with Properties Properties

Each time we use a property, must we also set the setter to the property as part of that process of using a property?

In 3:52 of this video, the presenter says that the setter is also set to the location property. Is this a step that must be performed each time we use a certain property, that is, we have go to the setter and set it to that property as well?

1 Answer

Jennifer Nordell
Jennifer Nordell
Treehouse Teacher

Hi there, Ra Bha! It depends on whether or not that property is private or not. I definitely recommend keeping them private. The reason to do this is to avoid things getting inadvertently changed by accident. Imagine a scenario where you're trying to ask if that property is equal to something, but you forget to type a double equal like == and instead type a single equal =. That would change the value of the property because it's an assignment. It wouldn't produce any error, but suddenly it has a totally new value.

However, if you set the property to be private, then it won't allow you to do things like that without throwing an error. Instead, it forces you to use the setter to set the value. It makes it so that if you want to change it, you have to be really intentional about doing so :smiley:

Hope this helps! :sparkles: