Re: synchronized block question...

Lew <>
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 08:56:50 -0400
Mark Space wrote:

Lastly, consider locking on some object you already have, rather than
making a special object to lock on. I think synchronizing on the class
object is the same as synchronizing on a static object, and much harder
to mess up. (Joshua did mention class literals too, now that I look.)

public class ProcessData extends org.apache.struts.action.Action {

    public ActionForward execute(ActionMapping mapping, ActionForm
            HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
            throws Exception {

        // ...some code...
        synchronized ( ProcessData.class )
          // ...more code...
        //...more code...


Be aware of lock granularity with this. The class literal is, like static
variables, global, which may be wider than you need. You get extra safety -
with a global lock there is no way to get the wrong lock - for a possible loss
in concurrent throughput overall.

The topic of threads and concurrency is a rich one. Read /Java Concurrency in
Practice/ by Brian Goetz, et al., for a good grounding in the subject. The
Javadoc package docs for java.util.concurrent
hint at more knowledge also.


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