Date Archives July 2016

Wait() vs. Sleep()

Wait and sleep method are completely different to each other

  • wait() & notify(): method for inter thread communication.
  • sleep(): introducing small pause during thread execution.

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wait() & notify()

  • wait() method puts a thread on wait
    • For example, in Producer Consumer problem, producer thread should wait if Queue is full or Consumer thread should wait if Queue is empty.
  • notify()  & notifyAll() method is used to wake up waiting thread by communicating that waiting condition is over now
    • For example, once producer thread puts an item on empty queue it can notify Consumer thread that Queue is not empty any more.
    • notify(): wakes up one thread
    • notifyAll(): wakes up all the threads (use this when you are not sure which one to use)
   Until pizza arrives, eatPiazza will in wait
   If pizzaGuy() executed, it will wake up eatPiazza()
   by using notifyAll();
class MyHouse{
   private boolean pizzaArrived = false;
   public void eatPizza(){

   public void pizzaGuy(){
         this.pizzaArrived = true;


  • sleep() hold a lock, doesn’t release any lock or monitor while sleeping.
  • When a Thread goes to Sleep it can be either wake up normally after sleep duration elapsed or it can be woken up abnormally by interrupting it.
   It will print out count string one at a time
   with a 3 seconds term
public class Example{
   public static void main(String[] args){
      String count[] = ("One","Two","Three","Four","Five");

      for(int i=0; i<count.length;i++){
         Thread.sleep(3000);             // sleep for 3 seconds
          System.out.println(count[i]);  // printout count string

Synchronized in Thread


  • While running multi-threads, there will be a significant problem when those threads try to use same resource.
    • For example, multiple people try to deposit money into the same account. Let’s say initial balance is $0. If 5 people are accessing at the same time, they all will see $0 as an account balance. Then, after all people’s deposit of $500 each, it will have $500 for total deposit. This is because they accessed at the same time, and they all updated balance as $500. However, the balance should be $2,500.
  • So, lock is needed to avoid other thread trying to use the same resource at the same time.
  • That lock can be done by Synchronized.

There is two ways to use synchronized.

  • Synchronized method
public synchronized /* Method name  */(){
  • Synchronized block
synchronized( /* Object to be shared */ ){

Primitive type vs. Reference type

Primitive vs Reference Type Java

Primitive type

  • Basic types for characters, different kinds of integers, and different kinds of floating point numbers (numbers with a decimal point), and also types for the values true and false – char, int, float, and bool. All of these basic types are known as primitive types.
  • The value of the variable is stored in the memory location assigned to the variable. For example, if an integer variable is declared as “int a = 5″, then when we look at the memory location of “a”, there will be a “5” stored there just as expected.

Reference type

  • You might be confused by all the different terminology used. However, class types, object types, and reference types all mean the exact same thing.
  • A variable of a reference type only stores the memory address of where the object is located. For example, “SomeClass anObject”, then when we look at “anObject” in memory, it just stores an address of another place in memory where all the details of “anObject” reside. This memory address is called a reference to the object.




  • It will give you current time in nanoseconds(precise).
  • Usually used for measuring performance of the code.
  • To convert it to in seconds, divide it by 10^9 (1 sec = 1 nano second * 10 ^ 9)


long before = System.nanoTime();
// Some work goes to here
long after = System.nanoTime();

// Prints out time taken in nano seconds
System.out.println("Time taken: "+ (after-before) );  

Runnable vs. Thread


For both, you need to Override run() method to be created as a new thread by start() call.

thread runnable

implements Runnable (preferred way)

  • it shares the same object to multiple threads.
  • you can save a space for your class to extend any other class in future or now.

extends Thread

  • Each of your thread creates unique object and associate with it.
  • You can’t extend any other class which you required. (Java does not allow inheriting more than one class).


  • You need to make Thread and put the ExampleThread in the parameter, and call .start()
public class ExampleThread implements Runnable{
   public void run(){
      System.out.println("Thread running");

public class App{
   public static void main(String[] args){
      ExampleThread ex = new ExampleThread();
      Thread t = new Thread(ex);    // Runnable in Thread parameter


  • You can directly use .start(), because ExampleThread extends Thread
public class ExampleThread extends Thread{
   public void run(){
      System.out.println("Thread running");

public class App{
   public static void main(String[] args){
      ExampleThread ex = new ExampleThread();


Types of Casting & instanceof


You must understand, that by casting you are not actually changing the object itself, you are just labeling it differently.


  • Object of child class is assigned to reference varibale of parent type.
  • You do not need to upcast manually (implicit).
Manager x = new Manager();
Employee e = x;            // Doesn't need (Employee) before the x. 


  • Object of parent class is assigned to reference varibale of child type.
  • You need to downcast manually which subtype to downcast (Explicit). Unless, compiler doesn’t know which subtype to downcast.
    • ex) Employee can downcast to either Manager or Clerk
Employee e = new Manager();
Manager x = (Manager) e;                // (Manager) is needed


  • If subtype is different, you will get ClassCastException.
  • To avoid the exception, you need to check which original subtype it was.
Employee e = new Clerk();
Manager x = (Manager) e;       // ClassCastException. 
                               // Original subtype is Clerk()


  • You can use instanceof if casting is possible.
class Animal{}
class Dog extends Animal{
   static void cast(Animal a){
      Dog d = (Dog) a;              // Downcasting

   public static void main(String[] args){
      Animal a1 = new Dog();
      if(a1 instanceof Dog){        // True
      Animal a2 = new Animal();
      if(a2 instanceof Dog){        // False




Types of variables

local variables

  • Local variables are declared in methods, constructors, or blocks.
  • Local variables are visible only within the declared method, constructor or block.

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instance variables


  • Instance variables are declared in a class, but outside a method, constructor or any block.
  • The instance variables are visible for all methods, constructors and block in the class.

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Class / Static variables


  • Class variables also known as static variables are declared with the static keyword in a class, but outside a method, constructor or a block.
  • Visibility is similar to instance variables. However, most static variables are declared public since they must be available for users of the class.
  • Static variables can be accessed by calling with the class nameClassName.VariableName.

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public vs. protected vs. private

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  • public: A class, method, constructor, interface etc declared public can be accessed from any other class.
  • protected: Variables, methods and constructors which are declared protected in a superclass can be accessed only by the subclasses in other package or any class within the package of the protected members’ class.
  • no modifier: A variable or method declared without any access control modifier is available to any other class in the same package.
  • private: Methods, Variables and Constructors that are declared private can only be accessed within the declared class itself.

Enumeration vs. Iterator


Don’t be confused between Enum and Enumeration, totally different.

  • With both, you can enumerate(iterate) the elements in a collection of objects, but Enumeration is older, and Iterator is improved one.
  • Main difference between Enumeration and iterator is Iterator has a remove() method while Enumeration doesn’t.
  • Enumeration is used when ever we want to make Collection objects as Read-only.
  • Iterator is more secure and safe as compared to Enumeration because it does not allow other thread to modify the collection object while some thread is iterating over it and throws ConcurrentModificationException.


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public class EnumerationEx{
   public static void main(String[] args){
      Enumeration numEnumeration;
      Vector num = new Vector();

      numEnumeration = num.elements();




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public class IteratorEx{
   public static void main(String[] args){
      LinkedList<Integer> list = new LinkedList<Integer>();

      Iterator<Integer> iterator = list.iterator();

         Integer tmp =;
         System.out.println("Before: "+tmp);

      iterator = list.iterator();
         System.out.println("After: ";


Before: 100
Before: 200
Before: 300
After: 100
After: 300


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Work flow

  1. Asynctask starts with execute() method.
  2. Before starting Asynctask background, onPreExecuted() executes first.  Usually, people put loading images.
  3. Doing background work in new thread, gets parameter when execute() was executed.
  4. in doInBackground(), process status is updated by using publishProgress() method.
  5. onProgressUpdate() is automatically called whenever publishProgress() is executed.
  6. After doInBackground(), result parameter is returned to onPostExecuted(). With the result value, you make code which is executed after thread process is over.

The main point is onPreExecuted(), doInBackground(), and onPostExecuted().

Asynctask() cannot be used inside another Asynctask(). (Use thread or Runnable for other one)


  • Params: doInBackground()’s parameter type, and execute() method’s parameter type.
  • Progress: When doInBackground(), process unit type which is onProgressUpdate()’s parameter type.
  • Result: return type of doInBackground(), and parameter type of onPostExecute().


public class MainActivity extends Activity{

   protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState){

   // if button clicked, execute AsyncTask with the address
   public void OnClick(View view){
               new DownloadFilesTask().execute(new URL(" address "));
            } catch (MalformedURLException e){

   private class DownloadFilesTask extends AsyncTask<url, integer,long>{

      protected void onPreExecute(){

      protected Long doInBackground(URL... urls){
         // use transferred url
         return total;

      protected void onProgressUpdate(Integer... progress){
         // file download percentage

      protected void onPostExecute(Long result){
         // use total value from doInBackground