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2 Introduction to Concurrent Programming in Java

Sunday, 26 October – 8:30-12:00 Morning

David Holmes, DLTeCH Pty Ltd, dholmes@dltech.com.au
Doug Lea, State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, dl@cs.oswego.edu

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

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

Attendee background

This tutorial targets anyone involved, or planning to get involved, in the development of concurrent object-oriented applications.

Prerequisites: Attendees should be familiar with basic OO concepts and must have a working knowledge of the Java programming language.

Format

Lecture

Presenters

David Holmes is Director and Chief Scientist of DLTeCH Pty Ltd, located in Brisbane, Australia. His work with Java technology has focused on concurrency and synchronization support in the language and virtual machine and he is currently working on a real-time Java virtual machine. David is a member of the expert group for JSR-166 "Concurrency Utilities" being developed under the Java Community Process. He has presented tutorials on concurrent Java programming and design at numerous international object-oriented programming conferences. Along with Ken Arnold and James Gosling, he is a co-author of the book "The Java Programming Language - Third Edition". David completed his Ph.D. at Macquarie University, Sydney, in 1999, in the area of synchronization within object-oriented systems.

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. He is on the expert groups of numerous Java Specification Requests including JSR-166 "Concurrency Utilities" and JSR-133 "Java Memory Model".