Java puzzle 08: Calling constructors within constructors

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Sometimes, you need to call a constructor within another constructor. Here is an example of how to do that. Try to use a pen and a paper to write notes if you can’t follow all the procedure in your mind clearly.

What is the output of this program and why?

Java puzzle 08: Calling constructors within other constructors

Level: Hard

public class MyConstructor
  String x = "f";
  String y = "g";
  MyConstructor(String str)
    this("d", "e");
    this.x = str;
  MyConstructor(String str, String str2)
    this.y = str2;
    System.out.print(x + "" + y);
  public static void main(String[] args)
    MyConstructor mc = new MyConstructor();
Author: Sar Maroof

Answer explanation

  1. By creating the object mc of MyConstructor, the no-argument constructor of the class is called.
  2. The no-argument constructor calls the one-argument constructor.
  3. The one-argument constructor calls the two-argument constructor.
  4. In the block of the two-argument constructor, the value of the x remains the initial value of x, which is f.
  5. In the block of the two-argument constructor, the value of the parameter str2 is assigned to the instance variable y.
  6. In the block one-argument constructor, we passed the values d and e to the two-argument constructor.
  7. So, the statement System.out.print(x + “” + y); writes fe to the standard output.
  8. The second statement in the block one-argument constructor this.x = str assigns the value of c to the variable x. Therefore the statement System.out.print(x); writes c to the standard output.
  9. At last in the no-argument constructor block the statement System.out.print(“a”); writes the letter a to the standard output.
    The correct answer is that this program writes feca to the standard output.

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