Re: Java Child Threads

Knute Johnson <>
Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:56:16 -0800
Hugo wrote:

Here is a conundrum...

User authenticates to a web application.....Parent thread is created.

At some point during the user's interaction with the application, I
would like to create a child thread that can perform a task
independent of the parent thread. Whether the child thread is
successful or not should be irrelevant to the parent thread.

And the execution of the child thread's task should not delay the
parent thread....i.e. the parent thread should not wait until the
child thread completes its task.

Is this possible in Java...any pointers on hows to get this started?

That is really what threads are for. There are a million ways to do
this but the simplest is to wrap the code you want to run in another
thread in a Runnable and create a thread and start it.

// parent decides to run a task in another thread
Runnable r = new Runnable() {
     public void run() {
         // do your thing
new Thread(r).start();
// the Runnable above is now running concurrently with the parent
// parent continues


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