My (lack of )wisdom about threads

From: (Stefan Ram)
23 May 2009 23:13:38 GMT
  So, inspired by ?Swing application architecture question.?, here is
  my (lack of )wisdoms about threads:

    - To correctly use multi-threading, a special education is needed.
      I do not yet have taken the time to undergo this, so I need
      to refrain from using threads (that is, more than one thread).

    - However, Java might force me to use threads, e.g., when using
      Swing. So I /will/ use multi-threading when being forced to,
      but take care only to use code patterns from common Swing
      examples and not do own inventions in this realm.

  Recently, I read something I liked very much. So, whenever I
  would start to do own inventions in multi-threading, my first
  step would be to follow this advice:

      ?As much as possible, prefer to keep each thread's data
      isolated (unshared), and let threads instead communicate
      via asynchronous messages that pass copies of data.?

  Does anyone else like this advice?

  So, when I should ever start to use threads in Java beyond
  what I am forced to do, I'd implement a message-passing
  framework/library/pattern for my threads first.

  I do not know if this remark would be helpful for the ?Swing
  application architecture question.?, but since I am aware that
  I do not yet know enough about threads in Java to give any
  advice to anyone else, I did not dare to post into that thread
  [no pun intended].

  But I wonder whether a communication between a view and a
  model that live in different threads can also be made robust
  by basing this communication on such messages.

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