While coding in Java recently, I decided to do a little research to see if Java supported the #region directive (or something similar) and found a ton of articles knocking its usage as poor programming style.
Personally, I love the #region directive in C#, as it allows me to keep my code more organized (and yes, I am aware of the exisiting code-folding functionality in Visual Studio). In the files I work with, I’ve become pretty meticulous about organizing the code blocks into regions, partially because I like the organization, and partly because I was previously under the impression that it was good form to keep source files organized in this way. I use the following regions myself, generally:
- Private/Protected Members
- Public Accessors
- Public Methods
- Protected Methods
- Private Methods
- (Anything class specific)
I agree with the sentiment in the articles I’ve read that it is *not* good practice to sweep bad code under the rug by hiding it from the developer in a folded #region, but I think that organizing relatively good code into regions like the ones I’ve mentioned above makes it a lot easier to get directly to the code I want to work on.
What do you think? I’m curious to see justifications for/against this directive, and as always, thanks for reading!