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Re: Re: Status and usefulness of ithreads in 5.8.0

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Jul 15, 2002 at 19:12 UTC ( #181884=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Status and usefulness of ithreads in 5.8.0
in thread Status and usefulness of ithreads in 5.8.0

I wrote my first multi-threaded app under OS/2 v1.0 in early 1987 whilst working at IBM. The os (at that time called CP/DOS) was still so early in it development the only IO possible was Beep(frequency,duration). Proving that multiple threads were running meant having each thread beep at a different pitch and/or tempo. WinNT is a successor to/deriviative of the same core mechanisms as were developed for OS/2.

They have come a long way in the last 14 years. The 'problems' of synchronisation and re-entrancy are well understood and easily handled.

There are many good reasons to knock Win32. Braindead CLP, bloat, undue care and attention to security issues and fixes. All that source under the lock & key of one of the most predatory companies around.

There seems little benefit in constructing specious arguments against the threading, critical sections and semaphore mechanisms. Some of the bits they actually got right.

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