This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
You do need to know the signatures of the Thread constructors. You also need to know which methods can take a timeout. The only thread methods you really need are: sleep() join() run() start() and of course, the object methods: wait() notify() notifyAll()