[concurrency-interest] Queue with interrupt

Gregg Wonderly gergg at cox.net
Tue May 23 16:49:22 EDT 2017

Many times I use a subclass of one of the queue implementations that I pass a signaling Object to.  That subclass overrides all methods that mutate the state of the queue, and the overriding methods have

	synchronized( lockObj ) {

in each of them so that they tell the lock waiters that something has changed.  The lack of a value to account for false signaling can be remedied by using a functional interface to signally instead of the literal Object signaling.

Then, I will also have a timer that fires to signal periodically to the same signal object, perhaps using a secondary signal type.

public interface ActionSignalHandler<E> {
	void QueueModified( SignallingQueue queue );
	void TimerFired( Timer which );
	void WorkCompleted( E work );

or some such.   This style of API provides the functionality I need generally when I have one or more queues interactive with one or more timers and have an environment such as Swing/JavaFX/AWT which needs a specific thread type against background tasks managing data values and the occasional ‘ticking’ task needed for progress indication or other change of state recognition or remote service integration.


> On May 18, 2017, at 6:56 AM, Viktor Klang <viktor.klang at gmail.com> wrote:
> OTOH, I'd rather avoid Blocking* whenever possible.
> On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 1:43 PM, Chris Hegarty <chris.hegarty at oracle.com <mailto:chris.hegarty at oracle.com>> wrote:
> > On 17 May 2017, at 10:29, David Holmes <davidcholmes at aapt.net.au <mailto:davidcholmes at aapt.net.au>> wrote:
> >
> > ...
> > If there are tasks in the queue then the worker is not waiting for new tasks to do - so you've changed your requirements. You would need a deque to allow sentinel tasks to be forced to the head of the queue.
> I’ve always wished that we could somehow squeeze a sentinel into the
> implementation in order to provide a “CloseableBlockingQueue” with a
> blocking takeOrNull(), or similarly named, method. Rather than folk having
> to roll their own.
> -Chris.
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