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Java Concurrency in Practice by Doug Lea, David Holmes, Joseph Bowbeer, Joshua Bloch, Tim Peierls, Brian Goetz

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Preface

At this writing, multicore processors are just now becoming inexpensive enough for midrange desktop systems. Not coincidentally, many development teams are noticing more and more threading-related bug reports in their projects. In a recent post on the NetBeans developer site, one of the core maintainers observed that a single class had been patched over 14 times to fix threading-related problems. Dion Almaer, former editor of TheServerSide, recently blogged (after a painful debugging session that ultimately revealed a threading bug) that most Java programs are so rife with concurrency bugs that they work only “by accident”.

Indeed, developing, testing and debugging multithreaded programs can be extremely difficult because concurrency ...

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