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Java: The Complete Reference™, Eighth Edition by Herbert Schildt

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CHAPTER 11Multithreaded Programming

Unlike some computer languages, Java provides built-in support for multithreaded programming. A multithreaded program contains two or more parts that can run concurrently. Each part of such a program is called a thread, and each thread defines a separate path of execution. Thus, multithreading is a specialized form of multitasking.

You are almost certainly acquainted with multitasking because it is supported by virtually all modern operating systems. However, there are two distinct types of multitasking: process-based and thread-based. It is important to understand the difference between the two. For many readers, process-based multitasking is the more familiar form. A process is, in essence, a program that ...

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