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Class Properties, Fields, and Methods

In general, fields and properties represent information about an object, whereas methods represent actions an object can take.

The following topics describe the mechanisms for adding properties, fields, and methods to your classes, and address issues associated with these items.

In This Section

Adding Fields and Properties to a Class
Provides information on declaring fields and properties.
Properties and Property Procedures
Explains how Property procedures work, and how to implement common property types.
Property Procedures vs. Fields
Helps you decide when to use fields to store data in a class, and when properties are a better choice.
Class Methods
Discusses the public procedures you add to your class.
Properties vs. Methods
Helps you decide whether your desired functionality is best implemented as a property or a method.
Default Properties
Discusses properties that are used when no specific property is named.
Overloaded Properties and Methods
Covers how to define multiple properties or methods that have the same name, but work with different data types.
Overriding Properties and Methods
Discusses redefining an inherited property or method.
Object Management with Collections
Provides information on using collections to store and retrieve objects.

Related Sections

Creating and Using Objects
Demonstrates how to create and use instances of classes.
Events and Delegates
Demonstrates how to declare and use events and delegates.
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