C++: constructors and destructors

Yao Yao on March 24, 2015
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整理自 Thinking in C++

Digress: class defaults to private, whereas struct defaults to public

struct member 默认是 public(其实很好记,因为我们最常见的 struct 就是啥也不写,也不会考虑是不是 private)。The following struct declarations are identical:

struct A {
	int i;
	char j;
	float f;
	void func();

void A::func() {}

struct B {
	int i;
	char j;
	float f;
	void func();

void B::func() {}

class is identical to the struct keyword in absolutely every way except one: class defaults to private, whereas struct defaults to public.

Constructors and destructors

class X {
	int i;
	X(); 	// Constructor
	X(int); // Constructor

void f() {
	X a; // 不需要 new,这样 declare 就直接 call 了 constructor
	X b(12); // 调用带参 constructor。这个语法有点奇怪,习惯了就好

Both the constructor and destructor are very unusual types of functions: they have no return value. This is distinctly different from a void return value, in which the function returns nothing but you still have the option to make it something else.

class Y {
	~Y(); // Destructor
  • The destructor never has any arguments because destruction never needs any options.
  • The destructor is called automatically by the compiler when the object goes out of scope.
    • Note: The destructor is not run when a reference or a pointer to an object goes out of scope.


//: C06:Constructor1.cpp
// Constructors & destructors
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

class Tree {
    int height;
    Tree(int initialHeight);    		
    Tree(int initialHeight, int times);	
    void grow(int years);
    void printsize();

// 最常见的形式
Tree::Tree(int initialHeight) { 
    height = initialHeight;

// OR
// constructor initializer list 形式
Tree::Tree(int initialHeight) : height(initialHeight) {
    // nothing here

// constructor initializer list calling another constructor
Tree::Tree(int initialHeight, int times) : Tree(initialHeight) { 
    height *= times;

Tree::~Tree() {
	cout << "inside Tree destructor" << endl;

void Tree::grow(int years) {
	height += years;

void Tree::printsize() {
	cout << "Tree height is " << height << endl;

int main() {
	cout << "before opening brace" << endl;
		Tree t(12);
		cout << "after Tree creation" << endl;
		cout << "before closing brace" << endl;
	cout << "after closing brace" << endl;

// output:
	before opening brace
	after Tree creation
	Tree height is 12
	before closing brace
	inside Tree destructor
	Tree height is 16
	after closing brace

更多关于 constructor initializer list 的说明见 C++: const object / const member & const member function / mutable

Default constructors

和 java 一样,你一个 constructor 都不写,编译器就自动给你加一个无参的(但是不要指望它会给你做什么初始化工作),这时 Tree t; 这样 declare 一下其实就是调用了这样一个无参的默认构造器。

一旦你自己写了一个 constructor(即使是有参的),这个默认的无参 constructor 就会消失。除非你再写一个无参的 construct,否则 Tree t; 这样的 declare 就是 ERROR

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