try {
// wait for other threads to end
} catch (InterruptedException e) {
System.out.println("Main thread Interrupted");
System.out.println("Main thread exiting.");
The output from this program is shown here:
New thread: Thread[One,5,main]
New thread: Thread[Two,5,main]
New thread: Thread[Three,5,main]
One: 5
Two: 5
Three: 5
One: 4
Two: 4
Three: 4
One: 3
Three: 3
Two: 3
One: 2
Three: 2
Two: 2
One: 1
Three: 1
Two: 1
One exiting.
Two exiting.
Three exiting.
Main thread exiting.
As you can see, once started, all three child threads share the CPU. Notice the call to
sleep(10000) in main( ). This causes the main thread to sleep for ten seconds and ensures
that it will finish last.
Using isAlive( ) and join( )
As mentioned, often you will want the main thread to finish last. In the preceding examples,
this is accomplished by calling sleep( ) within main( ), with a long enough delay to ensure
that all child threads terminate prior to the main thread. However, this is hardly a satisfactory
solution, and it also raises a larger question: How can one thread know when another thread
has ended? Fortunately, Thread provides a means by which you can answer this question.
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