Sunday, Afternoon
Designing Concurrent Object-Oriented Programs in Java
Convention Ctr – 101F
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. Effectively creating and managing concurrency within an application poses many design choices and trade-offs. This tutorial looks at more advanced issues in designing concurrent applications. It describes mechanisms for introducing concurrency into applications (threads, message-passing, asynchronous calls) and different models for application architectures, such as data-flow and event-driven designs. The tutorial also shows how concurrency controls can be abstracted into reusable support classes, and finally discusses how concurrent components and applications should be documented.

Participants will learn how concurrent applications can be structured in different ways and how different mechanisms can be used to effect concurrent behavior. They will be exposed to a range of design patterns and techniques for introducing and managing concurrency within their applications and how to create reusable concurrency abstractions.

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 expected that the attendee is very familiar with OO concepts and the Java language, and has a good working knowledge of Java’s concurrency mechanisms.

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 system 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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