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Introduction to Concurrent Object-Oriented Programming in Java
Convention Ctr – 101D
David Holmes, Cooperative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology, Ltd.
Doug Lea, SUNY Oswego

Concurrent programming has mostly been the domain of systems programmers rather than application developers, but Java’s support of concurrency has enticed many to try their hand at concurrent applications. However concurrent programming poses many traps for the unwary.

This tutorial demonstrates various design patterns and techniques for constructing concurrent applications in Java and for managing that concurrency. On the language side we look at Java’s mechanisms to support concurrent programming. On the design side we look at object structures and design rules that can successfully resolve the competing forces (safety, liveness, efficiency, coordination, reusability) present in concurrent software design problems.

Participants will acquire comprehensive knowledge of the concurrency support provided by the Java language and core classes, as well as insight into some threading issues within the Java libraries. They will be exposed to a range of design approaches to assist them in developing safe, concurrent applications in Java and other object-oriented languages.

Presentation Format: This tutorial will be presentation based.

Attendee Background: This tutorial targets anyone involved, or planning to get involved, in the development of concurrent object-oriented applications. It is assumed that the attendee is familiar with basic OO concepts and has a working knowledge of the Java programming language.

David Holmes is a Senior Research Scientist at the Cooperative Research Centre for Enterprise Distributed Systems Technology (DSTC Pty, Ltd.), in Brisbane, Australia. He completed his Ph.D. in the area of synchronization within object-oriented systems and has been involved in concurrent programming for a number of years. He is a co-author of the third edition of the Java Series book “The Java Programming Language.”

Doug Lea is a professor of Computer Science at the State University of New York at Oswego. He is author of the Java Series book “Concurrent Programming in Java: Design Principles and Patterns,” co-author of the book “Object-Oriented System Development,” and the author of several widely used software packages, as well as articles and reports on object-oriented software development.

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