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The Executor Framework – Part I

Multithreading is one of the important features of Java programming language. A thread runs a task and thus multiple threads enable execution of multiple tasks concurrently in a Java application. Prior to Java 5, Thread class was instantiated explicitly to create a thread. The thread pool implementation also was not provided by the API.

Topics: Executor Executors.newSingleThreadExecutor Runnable Java ExecutorService Thread fixed size thread pool single thread executor Multithreading Concurrency API Executors.newFixedSizeThreadPool Executors Technology

Interrupting Threads In Java

In a Java application, a thread may keep waiting for a long time after executing wait() or Thread.join() or by put() or take() methods of a BlockingQueue. We also refer such a thread as a blocked thread since it remains blocked until some operation is performed. Sometimes a thread can also be blocked for a certain time by Thread.sleep(). When a thread is blocked for a long time you may need to take the thread out of the WAITING or TIMED_WAITING state. While writing a Java application, we need to take care that a thread does not remain blocked for too long. The corrective action that needs to be performed in such circumstances depends on the type of task the thread is executing. If the task is cancellable, it is simply aborted and if it is not cancellable then a logic needs to be implemented to enable its execution.

Topics: Java NIO ReentrantLock Runnable Java ExecutorService Callable Thread Multithreading BlockingQueue InterruptibleChannel Future Technology Thread Interrupt

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