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There Can Be Only One Primary Constructor
I suggest classifying class constructors in OOP as primary and secondary. A primary constructor is the one that constructs an object and encapsulates other objects inside it. A secondary one is simply a preparation step before calling a primary constructor and is not really a constructor but rather an introductory layer in front of a real constructing mechanism.
Here is what I mean:
There are three constructors in the class—only one is
primary and the other two are secondary. My definition of a
secondary constructor is simple: It doesn't do anything besides
calling a primary constructor, through
My point here is that a properly designed class must have only one primary constructor, and it should be declared after all secondary ones. Why? There is only one reason behind this rule: It helps eliminate code duplication.
Without such a rule, we may have this design for our class:
There's not a lot of code here, but the duplication is massive and ugly; I hope you see it for yourself.
By strictly following this suggested rule, all classes will have a single entry point (point of construction), which is a primary constructor, and it will always be easy to find because it stays below all secondary constructors.
More about this subject in Elegant Objects, Section 1.2.