[concurrency-interest] Future.isCompletedNormally Future.isCompletedAbnormally

thurstonn thurston at nomagicsoftware.com
Thu Mar 5 14:07:33 EST 2015

Martin Buchholz-3 wrote
> Even isDone is not (yet) mentioned in
> Memory Consistency Properties
> in
> http://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/api/java/util/concurrent/package-summary.html
> All of the is* methods would (obviously) have the same happens-before
> semantics.

But that's deliberate - isDone() can't have any specified memory consistency
rules, since 
the following **doesn't** hold:
 isDone == true iff isCompletedNormally() == true

The usefulness of isCompletedNormally() would lie exactly in this, e,g,

if (f.isCompletedNormally())
   do something  //all done
else if (waitedlongenough())
   schedule a backup/replacement execution

That would be useful, especially given that get() throws checked exceptions,
which makes the above presently very unwieldy.
isCompletedNormally should have the same memory consistency effects as a
"successful" return from f.get().  In fact, I'd prefer it be renamed to
wasSuccessful() (but what's in a name?)

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