Threads are independent paths of code execution that run concurrently in a Java program. Your app can use threads to multitask: perform time-intensive tasks and run them in the background. This allows the application to remain responsive to users. While multithreaded programming in Java has a reputation for difficulty, most developers can untangle it with smart, designed-for-concurrency constructs that are standard with the Java platform. Join staff instructor Peggy Fisher in this course as she helps you untangle Java threads. Watch and learn how to create, manage, sync, and lock threads, and review concurrency utilities that will make multithreaded programming a lot easier.
Lecturer at Penn State UniversityPeggy Fisher is a programmer and content manager at LinkedIn Learning.
Peggy's main focus is application programming in Java, Arduino, and C++. She has also worked on courses in COBOL and discrete ,athematics. Previously she was a faculty member at Penn State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology. She started out as a programmer working for a large insurance company, but after 18 years she left her job as a director of information technology to pursue her true passion teaching. She earned a master's degree in math education, and went on to teach high school math and computer science in Pennsylvania. In 2012, Peggy accepted a position as an instructional designer at Penn State, and shortly thereafter began teaching Intro to Application Programming with Java. She is a strong supporter of women in STEM. As one of the few female programming teachers, she serves as a mentor to incoming female freshmen who are considering a career in programming. She was also the K–12 outreach coordinator for the college, where she scheduled, ran, and taught summer camps for middle school and high school students. In a PBS NewsHour interview, she expressed that all students should take at least one programming class either in high school or college. Peggy enjoys constantly learning and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology to life in and outside of the classroom, such as using Arduino microcontrollers or Lego Mindstorms, to help make learning hands-on and fun.
Skills covered in this course
- [Instructor] I'm Peggy Fisher, and I want to introduce you to the concepts of using threads in Java. In Java, a thread is an independent path of code execution within a program. Java allows for multiple threads to run at the same time. In other words, multitasking. We will learn to create threads, manage threads, synchronize and lock threads, and finally review concurrency utilities available for use with threads. So, let's get started.
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