Java Constructors Overloading.

Java Constructors Overloading

  • A constructor can invoke another constructor (overloaded) in its class using the self-referential method call this().
  • You must support the this() method with appropriate arguments to select the desired constructor.
  • The special call to this() must appear as the first statement in your delegating constructor.
  • Making this() call to a constructor from other methods is illegal.
    Overloaded Constructor example:
    public class Person {
      private int age;
      private String name;
    // this constructor is overloaded
      public Person(int age) {
        this(age,"Nobody"); // delegating to another constructor
    // this constructor is overloaded
      public Person(int age, String name) {
        this.age = age; = name;
      public int getAge() {
        return age;
      public void setAge(int age) {
        this.age = age;
      public String getName() {
        return name;
      public void setName(String name) { = name;
       public static void main(String args[]) {
         // using constructor with two parameters
         Person ricard= new Person(23,"Ricard");
         // using constructor with one parameters
         Person nobody= new Person(34);
         System.out.println("First person is called "
                 +ricard.getName()+" and is "
                 +ricard.getAge()+" years");
         System.out.println("Second person is called "
                 +nobody.getName()+" and is "
                 +nobody.getAge()+" years");
    The result of this is:
    First person is called Ricard and is 23 years
    Second person is called Nobody and is 34 years
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