Differences Between Properties and Variables


A variable always has a location in memory. You define a variable with one declaration statement. You define a local variable in a procedure, and it is available only in that procedure. You define a member variable (also called a field) in a module, Class, or Struct.


A property is a data element that you define on a Library module or Class. You define a property with a code block between the clauses Property and End Property. The code block contains a Get procedure, a Set procedure, or the two together. You can refer to these procedures as property procedures or property accessors. These procedures not only return and store a property's value, they can also do other tasks.


Variable: A single declaration statement.
Property: Commonly a series of statements in a block of code.
Variable: A single location in memory.
Property: Executable code.
Variable: Directly associated with its value.
Property: By default, has internal storage not available outside of the property.
Executable code
Read and write access
Variable: Read/write or (for a Const) read-only.
Property: Read/write, read-only, or write-only.
Custom actions in addition to getting and setting a value
Variable: Not possible.
Property: Can be performed in getter and setter procedures, respectively.