How to VB.NET Access Specifiers
Access specifiers are used to control the accessibility or visibility of classes, methods, properties, and other members within a program. Access specifiers determine which parts of a program can access and interact with specific members.
There are four access specifiers available in VB.NET:
The Public access specifier allows unrestricted access to a member from anywhere in the program, including outside the defining class or assembly.
The Protected access specifier allows access to a member within the defining class and any derived classes. Protected members are not accessible from outside the class hierarchy.
The Friend access specifier is the default if no access specifier is specified. It allows access to a member within the defining assembly (project). It is similar to the "internal" access specifier in C#.
The Private access specifier restricts access to a member within the defining class only. Private members are not accessible from outside the class.
These access specifiers help in encapsulating and controlling the visibility of members, allowing for proper encapsulation and modular design. By choosing the appropriate access specifier, you can ensure that the members of your class are accessible and used only where necessary, enhancing the security and maintainability of your code.