Nullary constructor

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In computer programming, a nullary constructor is a constructor that takes no arguments. Also known as a 0-argument constructor or no-argument constructors.

Object-oriented constructors

In object-oriented programming, a constructor is code that is run when an object is created. Default constructors of objects are usually nullary.

Java example

 public class Example 
    /* nullary constructor */
    public Example ()
    /* non-nullary constructor */
    public Example (final int data)
    { = data;
    protected int data;

Algebraic data types

In algebraic data types, a constructor is one of many tags that wrap data. If a constructor does not take any data arguments, it is nullary.

Haskell example

 -- nullary type constructor with two nullary data constructors
 data Bool = False
           | True

 -- non-nullary type constructor with one non-nullary data constructor
 data Point a = Point a a

 -- non-nullary type constructor with...
 data Maybe a = Nothing -- ...nullary data constructor
              | Just a  -- ...unary data constructor