Do you use Public/Protected Properties instead of Public/Protected Fields?Last updated by Tiago Araújo [SSW] about 1 year ago.See history
Public/Protected properties have a number of advantages over public/protected fields:
- Data validation
Data validation can be performed in the get/set accessors of a public property. This is especially important when working with the Visual Studio .NET Designer.
- Increased flexibility
Properties conceal the data storage mechanism from the user, resulting in less broken code when the class is upgraded. Properties are a recommended object-oriented practice for this reason.
- Compatibility with data binding
You can only bind to a public property, not a field.
- Minimal performance overhead
The performance overhead for public properties is trivial. In some situations, public fields can actually have inferior performance to public properties.
public int Count;
Figure: Bad code - Variable declared as a Field
public int Count
_count = value;
Figure: Good code - Variable declared as a Property
We agree that the syntax is tedious and think Microsoft should improve this.