There’s a high likelihood that you’ve come across the words synchronous and asynchronous before. These terms are used frequently in programming. If you’re a programmer, you’ve already got the upper hand because we’ll be using the same concepts in how to most effectively communicate with one another.

Let’s start with some definitions:

  • Synchronous means existing or occurring at the same time. When you have a conversation with somebody face to face, the exchange of information is synchronous. In our preceding programming example, the thread of execution executes the first line synchronously: the text is printed to the console immediately.

  • Asynchronous is the opposite of synchronous. When you send somebody an email and they read ...

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