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C# C# Objects Encapsulation with Properties Auto-Properties

olu adesina
olu adesina
23,007 Points

what is the purpose of auto properties

Steven Parker i understand how within curly braces of the getters and setters of properties we can add additional code like conditional statements to control how the variables are used and displayed.

but with auto properties no additional logic is required in the property accessors so how is this different from a field which is public. I can access it to get information and set it i can make it read only

why now use a public field instead

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,788 Points

Two advantages to a property come to mind:

  • properties can be virtual and overridden
  • you can give a property's setter different access (protected or private)

Also, more debugging features are available to properties, such as setting a breakpoint on the setter.

:no_bell: And try posting questions without tagging anyone intially, there are several folks around who like to help. You tag someone later if you don't get a good answer in a day or so.