Re: Looping in main vs. making a class and a thread?

Lew <>
Sat, 12 Jan 2008 08:59:01 -0500
Lasse Reichstein Nielsen wrote:

Roedy Green <> writes:

On Fri, 11 Jan 2008 22:54:07 -0800, Tim Smith
<> wrote, quoted or indirectly quoted
someone who said :

Is there actually a good reason to have a class whose sole function is
to run a loop in a thread, as opposed to just running that loop in

If you have two CPUs, one can do Swing and the other the work of the
spun off thread. Without that, you can't get any parallelism.

That would hold too, if you run the loop in the main thread.

I see no reason to spawn another thread to do some work, and then
stop the current thread immediately afterwards ... unless the new
thread is in some way different (e.g., belongs to a threadgroup
with an uncaught exception handler or something).

Most of the examples of the type the OP described that I've seen have been
Swing programs, where the idiom is used to guarantee that Swing work is done
on the EDT. This particular scenario requires that idiom because GUI work
must be done on the EDT, and the EDT is not the main thread.


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