The answer is a qualified "no". Qualified, because you can call one constructor from another without creating multiple instances. If a class has two constructors, one can call the other using "this()" (it has to be the first line of the constructor ;) likewise, you can call a superclass constructor using "super()". But otherwise, no. If you need to do this, then what you should do instead is break the body of the constructor out into a normal method, and then call that method from the constructor. Then if you need to "call the constructor" you can instead call that other method. [ October 17, 2003: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]
If you want to simulate the effect of calling a constructor that works without creating an instance a static factory method is pretty straightforward. Often seen with Singleton pattern. MyClass aMyClass = MyClass.getInstance(); To answer an earlier comment, its quite common to use an object that you don't have a reference to without necessarily creating a brand new one. Consider an array of 50 Boolean (note class not primitive) values all set to false. Do you really want 50 separate objects or 50 references to a single object? Boolean.getValue( boolean value ) for instance was added to avoid the need to creating a glut of values where two will do. hope this helps, Jeremy.