introduc e a notion of guarded rec ursive (g.r.) datatype c#w struc tors, generalizing the notion ofrec# rsive datatypes in func tional programming languages suc h as ML and Haskell. We address both theoret ic#t and prac# ic## issues resulted from this generalization. On one hand, we design a type system to formalize the notion of g.r. datatypec onstruc - tors and then prove the soundness of the type system. On the other hand, we present some signific ant applic ations (e.g., implementing objec ts, implementing stagedc omputation, etc# ) of g.r. datatype c# nstruc#S rs, arguing that g.r. datatypec onstruc torsc an have far-reac hingc onsequenc es in programming. The mainc ontribution of the paper lies in the rec#I0 ition and then the formalization of a programming notion that is of both theoretic# l interest and prac tic# l use.