• Subject: Re: Threadsafe
  • From: "Leif Svalgaard" <leif@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 00:13:22 -0500

From: <mpantzop@csc.com.au>

> I've seen the word 'threadsafe'  in various commands (I can't think of them
> off-hand unfortunately) and was wondering whether the word referred to the
> ability to maintain 'state' within a job.  I was also wondering if it had
> any conoctation with the java concept? I can't seem to find any definition
> for it in IBM Book Reader searches, other than the places it is being used.
> I understand that each communication between a browser and the server is
> considered a separate entity. The server is not necessarily aware of any
> logical connection between successive user repsonses due to the ability of
> the technology to allow the user to decide what the next screen is to be
> rather than letting the application software decide. Is this correct?
> If this is the case, then melding back-end application processing code with
> a server and hence to a browser raises some interesting issues with state,
> and logical transactions.

Interesting yes, but nothing to do with "threadsafe". Roughly speaking, a
program
is threadsafe if more than one invocation can safely be active in the same
thread
(loosely: session) at the same time.



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