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Understanding liveness & synchronization issues for newbies

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For those learning about concurrency =

I came across a famous example for learning about synchronization and liveness issues called "The Dining Philosophers Problem". Wanted to share it with fellow students who have no experience with it.

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And it would be an awesome coding exercise if you try to implement this problem in Java!

From my own experience, you definitely need hands on experience to improve your understanding of threads and synchronization. When I took the SCJP 1.4 certification (a very long time ago) I just read the chapters on threading & synchronization but didn't write any additional code snippets. I scored 50% on the threads section of the actual exam. When I prepared for SCJP 5.0, I dedicated most of my coding time on threads and concurrency and I scored 87% on the threads section.
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