Re: Two more multithreading questions

"Daniel Pitts" <>
30 Jan 2007 10:35:55 -0800
On Jan 30, 9:44 am, Knute Johnson <>

Patricia Shanahan wrote:

Knute Johnson wrote:

I've got two specific scenarios I want to ask about:

1) I have a class with an instance variable that is a reference to a
JDialog. In one thread I create new instances of JDialog and make
them visible. They might get closed in this thread as well. In
another thread I close the JDialog using the class instance variable.
To ensure that my dialog closing thread always has a reference to the
current dialog I created the instance variable with volatile. Is this
adequate to guarantee that my closing thread always has a reference to
the latest dialog?

I believe most javax.swing component access is supposed to be done in
the event handling thread anyway. Swing was not designed to be

Sorry, bad example. Say it is an Integer that is being created in one
thread and in the other you are using the intValue() method.



Knute Johnson
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Integer is a bad example too, since it is immutable, which means onces
its created, its value doesn't change.
A good example might be a File object.

Thread W can alter the file object, and Thread R can query it.
The safest way to insure that your Thread R only sees what its
supposed to is to wrap bother the object modifying and object querying
code in synchronize blocks that sync on the same object O. That
object O can be ANY object.

public class ThreadSafeFileAccessor {
   private final Object sync = new Object();
   private File file = new File();
   public void modifyFile() {
      synchronize(sync) {
         // do modification of file

  public String queryFile() {
    synchronize(sync) {
      return file.toString();

Also be aware that Java 1.5 includes a new locking mechanism and other
concurrency utilities which gives you more fine grained control over
thread synchronization.

Good luck :-)

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