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Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition by Herbert Schildt

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Thread Communication Using notify( ), wait( ), and notifyAll( )

Consider the following situation. A thread called T is executing inside a synchronized method and needs access to a resource called R that is temporarily unavailable. What should T do? If T enters some form of polling loop that waits for R, T ties up the object, preventing other threads’ access to it. This is a less than optimal solution because it partially defeats the advantages of programming for a multithreaded environment. A better solution is to have T temporarily relinquish control of the object, allowing another thread to run. When R becomes available, T can be notified and resume execution. Such an approach relies upon some form of interthread communication in which one ...

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