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Dropping the public keyword

Evert Pot makes some sound arguments in favor of dropping the public keyword.

I think people should be using “var” instead of “public”. I realize that this is as controversial as tabs vs. spaces (as in: it doesn’t really matter but conjures heated discusssions), but hear me out!

Over the last year I’ve been going through all my open source projects, and I’ve been removing all the public declarations where this was possible.

“public” is completely optional. “public” is the default, so adding it does nothing to your code.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.