FAQ: Basic Classes and Objects - Automatic Properties

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What is the purpose of an automatic property?
If my getter and setter don’t perform any manipulation or checks on the data why bother making a getter/setter for them rather than just accessing the variable?

Purpose is to shorten your code as your code will lose on readability if you have many properties. Properties are necessary for defining access to fields. In lessons to come you will learn why in most cases property is set to public and why is field set to private. This is a form of encapsulation and it’s essential to object-oriented programming. I think the next lesson covers it, so hold your horses :smiley: