Re: Initializing Singletons

Tom Anderson <>
Thu, 8 May 2008 15:55:03 +0100
On Thu, 8 May 2008, Jason Cavett wrote:

I'm curious - is it possible (and if so, how) to initialize a Singleton
class when the class used for initialization must also get an instance
of the Singleton class?

The way you want to do it, no.

Here's a pseudocode example to make that more clear...

class SingletonClass {

 private SingletonClass() {
      ConfigFileReader reader = new ConfigFileReader();;

 // other singleton stuff

class ConfigFileReader {

 public ConfigFileReader() {
   // do stuff

 public void read() {
   // read in the config file and get the appropriate information

I don't *think* what I want to do is possible. But, if it is, I'm not
sure how to do it. Any insight would be appreciated.

Are you writing ConfigFileReader? If so, make read take a SingletonClass
as a parameter:

class ConfigFileReader {
  public void read(SingletonClass singleton) {
  singleton.setValues(...) ;

That's probably the easiest way.

Another thing you could do would be to initialise the singleton instance a
bit differently, so that getInstance becomes usable (FSVO 'usable') before
the constructor finishes:

class SingletonClass {
  private static SingletonClass INSTANCE ;
  static {
  new SingletonClass() ;
  public SingletonClass()
  INSTANCE = this ;
  ConfigFileReader reader = new ConfigFileReader() ; ;

But that's fairly sick. It also means that you're putting an uninitialised
object in the INSTANCE field, which is potentially risky.


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