Code Inspection: Empty constructor
Having an empty constructor (whether static or not) in a class is redundant, and JetBrains Rider issues a warning to that effect.
However, a special case warrants the use of the empty static constructor. When attempting to implement the Singleton pattern in .NET versions prior to 4.0 (that is, prior to the appearance of a
Lazy<T> type), the following construct is sometimes used:
In the above, an empty static constructor is, in fact, a necessary detail that guarantees lazy initialization. An empty static constructor prevents the type from being marked with the
beforefieldinit flag. When the type is not marked as
beforefieldinit, the type's initializer method is executed by either the first access to a static or instance field or the first invocation of any instance, virtual or static method. Consequently, in the above example the empty singleton ensures that the type is only initialized when it is first accessed.
Developers wishing to utilize this behavior should disable this particular warning. Note that since C# 4.0, there is a simpler and safer way of implementing the Singleton pattern: