can constructor be private?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2816123/can-a-constructor-in-java-be-private

here are three uses of private constructors:

  • to prevent instantiation outside of the object, in the following cases:
    • singleton
    • factory method
    • static-methods-only (utility) class
    • constants-only class
      .
  • to prevent sublcassing (extending). If you make only a private constructor, no class can extend your class, because it can’t call the super() constructor. This is some kind of a synonym for final
  • overloaded constructors – as a result of overloading methods and constructors, some may be private and some public. Especially in case when there is a non-public class that you use in your constructors, you may create a public constructor that creates an instance of that class and then passes it to a private constructor.

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