In a Java program, each of the simultaneous tasks the computer handles is called a thread and the overall process is called multithreading. Threading is useful in animation and many other programs.
Threads are a way to organize a program so that it does more than one thing at a time. Each task that must occur simultaneously is placed in its own thread, and this often is accomplished by implementing each task as a separate class.
Threads are represented by the
Thread class and the
Runnable interface, which are both part of the
java.lang package of classes. Because they belong to this package, you don’t have to use an
import statement to make them available in your programs.
One of the simplest uses of the
Thread class is to slow down how ...