Chapter 18 Unsafe code
constructor-body: block ;
A constructor-declaration may include a set of attributes (§17), a valid combination of the four access modifiers (§10.2.3), and an extern (§10.5.7) modifier. A constructor declaration is not permitted to include the same modifier multiple times.
The identifier of a constructor-declarator must name the class in which the instance constructor is declared. If any other name is specified, a compile-time error occurs.
The optional formal-parameter-list of an instance constructor is subject to the same rules as the formal-parameter-list of a method (§10.5). The formal parameter list defines the signature (§3.6) of an instance constructor and governs the process whereby overload resolution (§7.4.2) selects a particular instance constructor in an invocation.
Each of the types referenced in the formal-parameter-list of an instance constructor must be at least as accessible as the constructor itself (§3.5.4).
The optional constructor-initializer specifies another instance constructor to invoke before executing the statements given in the constructor-body of this instance constructor. This is described further in §10.10.1.
When a constructor declaration includes an extern modifier, the constructor is said to be an external constructor. Because an external constructor declaration provides no actual implementation, its constructor-body consists of a semicolon. For all other constructors, the constructor-body consists of a block which specifies the statements to initialize a new instance of the class. This corresponds exactly to the block of an instance method with a void return type (§10.5.8).
Instance constructors are not inherited. Thus, a class has no instance constructors other than those actually declared in the class. If a class contains no instance constructor declarations, a default instance constructor is automatically provided (§10.10.4).
Instance constructors are invoked by object-creation-expressions (§126.96.36.199) and through constructor-initializers.
10.10.1 Constructor initializers
All instance constructors (except those for class object) implicitly include an invocation of another instance constructor immediately before the constructor-body. The constructor to implicitly invoke is determined by the constructor-initializer:
An instance constructor initializer of the form base(argument-listopt) causes an instance constructor from the direct base class to be invoked. That constructor is selected using argument-list and the overload resolution rules of §7.4.2. The set of candidate instance constructors consists of all accessible instance constructors contained in the direct base class, or the default constructor (§10.10.4), if no instance constructors are declared in the direct base class. If this set is empty, or if a single best instance constructor cannot be identified, a compile-time error occurs.
An instance constructor initializer of the form this(argument-listopt) causes an instance constructor from the class itself to be invoked. The constructor is selected using argument-list and the overload resolution rules of §7.4.2. The set of candidate instance constructors consists of all accessible instance constructors declared in the class itself. If this set is empty, or if a single best instance constructor cannot be identified, a compile-time error occurs. If an instance constructor declaration includes a constructor initializer that invokes the constructor itself, a compile-time error occurs.
If an instance constructor has no constructor initializer, a constructor initializer of the form base() is implicitly provided. Thus, an instance constructor declaration of the form
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