Coordinating Threads with the Mutex Class

The .NET Compact Framework includes the Mutex class, which is a useful entity for coordinating threads. The Mutex class's name is derived from the term mutual exclusion. The class creates a region of code that can be executed by only one thread at a time.

A Mutex works by tracking which thread “holds” it. Only one thread may hold a Mutex at a time. If another thread tries to acquire it, then it blocks until the first thread releases its hold.

To use a Mutex to force only one thread to execute code at a time, follow these steps:

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Create an instance of the Mutex class. Pass false into the Mutex constructor so that the code that created the Mutex does not hold it.
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At the beginning of the code, place ...

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