Saturday, April 26, 2014

Playing with Java 8 - Lambdas and Concurrency

So Java 8 was released a while back, with a ton of features and changes. All us Java zealots have been waiting for this for ages, all the way back to from when they originally announced all the great features that will be in Java 7, which ended up being pulled.

I have just recently had the time to actually start giving it a real look, I updated my home projects to 8 and I have to say I am generally quite happy with what we got. The java.time API the "mimics" JodaTime is a big improvement, the package is going useful, lambdas are going to change our coding style, which might take a bit of getting used to and with those changes... the quote, "With great power comes great responsibility" rings true, I sense there may be some interesting times in our future, as is quite easy to write some hard to decipher code. As an example debugging the code I wrote below would be "fun"...

The file example is on my Github blog repo

What this example does is simple, run couple threads, do some work concurrently, then wait for them all to complete. I figured while I am playing with Java 8, let me go for it fully...
Here's what I came up with:

0 [pool-1-thread-1] Starting: StringInputTask{taskName='Task 1'}
0 [pool-1-thread-5] Starting: StringInputTask{taskName='Task 5'}
0 [pool-1-thread-2] Starting: StringInputTask{taskName='Task 2'}
2 [pool-1-thread-4] Starting: StringInputTask{taskName='Task 4'}
2 [pool-1-thread-3] Starting: StringInputTask{taskName='Task 3'}
3003 [pool-1-thread-5] Done: Task 5
3004 [pool-1-thread-3] Done: Task 3
3003 [pool-1-thread-1] Done: Task 1
3003 [pool-1-thread-4] Done: Task 4
3003 [pool-1-thread-2] Done: Task 2
3007 [Thread-0] WaitingFuturesRunner  - complete... adding results

Some of the useful articles / links I found and read while doing this:

Oracle: Lambda Tutorial
IBM: Java 8 Concurrency
Tomasz Nurkiewicz : Definitive Guide to CompletableFuture

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