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Constructor Chaining in C#

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Constructor Chaining is an approach where a constructor calls another constructor in the same or base class.

What is Constructor Chaining?

Constructor Chaining is an approach where a constructor calls another constructor in the same or base class.

This is very handy when we have a class that defines multiple constructors. Assume we are developing a class Student. And this class has three constructors. On each constructer, we have to validate the student's ID and categorize him/her. So if we do not use the constructor chaining approach, it would be something similar to what is shown below:


Even though the above approach solves our problem, it duplicates code. (We are assigning a value to ‘_id’ in all our constructors). This is where constructor chaining is very useful. It will eliminate this problem. This time, we only assign values in one constructor which consists of the most number of parameters. And we call that constructor when the other two constructers are called.

class Student {
    string _studentType = "";
    string _id = "";
    string _fName = "";
    string _lName = "";

    public Student(string id)
        : this(id, "", "") {


    public Student(string id, string fName)
        : this(id, fName, "") {


    public Student(string id, string fName, string lName) {
        //Validate logic.....
        _studentType = "<student_type>";

        _id = id;
        _fName = fName;
        _lName = lName;

**Please note: If you do not specify anything [in this example, we used ‘this’), it will be considered that we are calling the constructor on the base class. And it’s similar to using ‘: base(…)’].


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Questionconstructor chaining Pin
Ahmed M Tawfik 28-May-16 2:36
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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
Iakovos Karakizas22-Jan-14 23:01
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Questionuse name arguments instead Pin
RonDsz25-Oct-11 16:23
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QuestionNot much info on "base" Pin
Riz Thon24-Oct-11 15:41
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GeneralLike ! Pin
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