Re: Quick Questions on Syntax

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Mon, 26 May 2008 11:20:22 -0400
Lord Zoltar wrote:

Umm I think you are talking about the lines that look like:
 (new Thread(new Producer(drop))).start();
To me it looks like they are creating a new Thread object and calling
start() on it, without assigning the new object to a variable. I am
pretty sure this is legal, but I don't think you can reference the
object that gets created here after it's been created (since you have
nothing to reference it by) so I'm not sure what the point of this way
of doing thins is. This syntax is not something I see very often, and
I'm not sure I see a point to it, except maybe for brevity for simple
Maybe someone who has a non-trivial example of the way to use this can
correct me? It might be an accepted practice for working with threads
in Java, although it's been a while since I've done Java threads (and
I never saw this syntax back then).

It is most certainly valid syntax.

The problem is that it is not possible to join on the
started thread (or in other ways interact with it).

If that is not needed, then it can be used.

I don't think it is a construct used in many serious programs.

But for all kinds of of quick write, run and done situations
it is used.


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