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Java8 Multi-threading ForkJoinPool: Dealing with exceptions

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One of the main motivations behind the introduction of Java8 lambdas was the ability to be able to use multicores as easily as possible (see Mastering Lambdas: Java Programming in a Multicore World).  By simply changing your code from collection.stream()... to collection.parallelStream()... you have instant multi-threading at your disposal which brings with it all the CPU power on your machine. ...

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Fork/Join Framework vs. Parallel Streams vs. ExecutorService: The Ultimate Fork/Join Benchmark

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How does the Fork/Join framework act under different configurations? Just like the upcoming episode of Star Wars, there has been a lot of excitement mixed with criticism around Java 8 parallelism. The syntactic sugar of parallel streams brought some hype almost like the new lightsaber we’ve seen in the trailer. With many ways now to do parallelism in Java, we ...

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Improving lock performance in Java

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Plumbr is the only solution that automatically detects the root causes of Java performance issues by interpreting application performance data. After we introduced locked thread detection to Plumbr couple of months ago, we have started to receive queries similar to “hey, great, now I understand what is causing my performance issues, but what I am supposed to do now?” We ...

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Asynchronous timeouts with CompletableFuture

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One day I was rewriting poorly implemented multi-threaded code that was blocking at some point on Future.get():                   public void serve() throws InterruptedException, ExecutionException, TimeoutException { final Future<Response> responseFuture = asyncCode(); final Response response = responseFuture.get(1, SECONDS); send(response); } private void send(Response response) { //... } This was actually an Akka application ...

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Playing With Java Concurrency

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Recently I needed to transform some filet that each has a list (array) of objects in JSON format to files that each has separated lines of the same data (objects). It was a one time task and simple one. I did the reading and writing using some feature of Java nio. I used GSON in the simplest way. One thread ...

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Thread local storage in Java

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One of the rarely known features among developers is Thread-local storage.  The idea is simple and need for it comes in  scenarios where we need data that is … well local for the thread. If we have two threads we that refer to the same global variable but we wanna them to have separate value independently initialized of each other. ...

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Converting between Completablefuture and Observable

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CompletableFuture<T> from Java 8 is an advanced abstraction over a promise that value of type T will be available in the future. Observable<T> is quite similar, but it promises arbitrary number of items in the future, from 0 to infinity. These two representations of asynchronous results are quite similar to the point where Observable with just one item can be ...

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ExecutorService – 10 tips and tricks

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ExecutorService abstraction has been around since Java 5. We are talking about 2004 here. Just a quick reminder: both Java 5 and 6 are no longer supported, Java 7 won’t be in half a year. The reason I’m bringing this up is that many Java programmers still don’t fully understand how ExecutorService works. There are many places to learn that, ...

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Multithreading and Concurrency Interview Questions and Answers – The ULTIMATE List (PDF Download)

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EDITORIAL NOTE: Concurrency is always a challenge for developers and writing concurrent programs can be extremely hard. There is a number of things that could potentially blow up and the complexity of systems rises considerably when concurrency is introduced. However, the ability to write robust concurrent programs is a great tool in a developer’s belt and can help build sophisticated, ...

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