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vidhya subramaniam
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Joined: Jul 14, 2001
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i know this is a very basi doubt but just wanted to clarify.
We know that for making a thread run, you call the start method and then invoke the run() method. But can a thread start running without callin the start() method.
For example the foll code compiles cleanly.
public class NiceThreads implements Runnable
public void run()

public static void main(String args[])
NiceThreads nt1 = new NiceThreads();
NiceThreads nt2 = new NiceThreads();
NiceThreads nt3 = new NiceThreads();;;;
I thought it wont compile as you havent set the start() method.
Please clarify.
Balaji Loganathan
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Nice question can anybody explain...

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Namrata Shetty
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
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what u have done is simply created an instance of the class and called the run method of it. The right way to create a thread is:

NiceThreads nt1=new NiceThreads();
Thread t1=new Thread(nt1);
Guoqiao Sun
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
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By simply call the run() method, you didn't start the Thread. That call has no difference with a normal method call.

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Nisheeth Kaushal
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Joined: Jul 20, 2001
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What u have done is simply extending a class and then creating its instnace, u are not actually creating a thread if u are extending a thread u must call its start method as well as u must create an instance of that thread and then call start method on that particular thread hope it help.
Although i am also new in the topic of thread please send me some ideas on which basically the exam questions are based.
Dave Vick
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Joined: May 10, 2001
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Just to throw in my 2 cents.
If you call the run method of a Thread object directly it is the same as calling any other method of any other object - the method will run in the current thread of execution. Calling the start method of a Thread object registers it with the scheduler and does some other behind the scenes work to make it work as a seperate execution process.
Notice the difference in the capitalization a Thread is an object of type Thread or that extends type Thread, while a thread is seperate execution process.
I've seen several questions of this type on the mocks I've taken so it might be a type you can expect to see on the scjp.
hope that helps

Vanitha Sugumaran
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Joined: Apr 11, 2001
Posts: 356
Dave has given a good explanation. I just modified your code, to see what happens if you start the thread using start() and what happens if you directly run() the thread.
First run() it directly.

now start the thread using start()

See the difference
Hope this helps,
Vedhas Pitkar
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Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 445
u have just created 3 threads and put them in an infinite loop.For all 3threads to get c.p.u time put Thread.sleep()inthe while loop s.t. the thread gives time for the other two to execute.Correct me if i am wrong.
james hoskins
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Joined: Jun 28, 2001
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You can use Thread.yield() causing a Thread to move into a ready to run state, giving other Threads the opportunity to run. You could call Thread.sleep() which puts your Thread into sleep state, but you don't need to in this instance.
Kind regards,
james hoskins.
Nisheeth Kaushal
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Joined: Jul 20, 2001
Posts: 87
Hi Friends,
Great discussion, i was week in thread but slowly the concept is getting clear.
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Thread
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