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Moving beyond Map, Collection, List, and Set: John Zukowski discusses the new library release in the Tiger release of the J2SE platform and what it provides: a set of utilities commonly needed in concurrent programs. If you are interested in optimizing multithreaded access to your collections, you've come to the right place. (This intermediate-level article was first published by IBM developerWorks, June 16, 2004, at http://www.ibm.com/developerWorks.)

  1. Taming Tiger: Concurrent Collections
  2. Using the Basic Queues
  3. Using the Blocking Queues
  4. Using the ConcurrentMap implementation
  5. Resources
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October 27, 2004

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Download J2SE 1.5 Beta 2 from the Sun Developer Network.

Download the source code example zip file used in this article.

Read the java.util.concurrent package Javadocs for 1.5.0.

Read all about the Concurrency Utilities in the documentation for JSR-166.

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Java theory and practice columnist Brian Goetz discusses Doug Lea's earlier util.concurrent package in "Concurrency made simple (sort of)" (developerWorks, November 2002) and "Concurrent collections classes" (developerWorks, July 2003).

Read the complete set of Taming Tiger tips from John Zukowski. And if you're still working with J2SE 1.4, you'll want to read Magic with Merlin series, too.

Learn the principles of threading in the "Introduction to Java threads" tutorial.

Start at the source of the java.util.concurrent package by exploring Doug Lea's book, Concurrent Programming in Java: Design Principles and Patterns (Addison-Wesley, 1999).

Examine the progress of Tiger (J2SE 1.5) with JSR 176.

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About the author

John Zukowski conducts strategic Java consulting with JZ Ventures, Inc. and is working with SavaJe Technologies to develop a next-generation mobile phone platform. His latest books are Mastering Java 2, J2SE 1.4 (Sybex, April 2002) and Learn Java with JBuilder 6 (Apress, March 2002). Reach him at jaz@zukowski.net.

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