The Joins Concurrency Library

Claudio Russo

Abstract

Comega extended C# 1.x with a simple, declarative and powerful model of concurrency - join patterns - applicable both to multithreaded applications and to the orchestration of asynchronous, event-based distributed applications. With Generics available in C# 2.0, we can now provide join patterns as a library rather than a language feature. The Joins library extends its clients with an embedded, type-safe and mostly declarative language for expressing synchronization patterns. The library has some advantages over Comega: it is language neutral, supporting other languages like Visual Basic; its join patterns are more dynamic, allowing solutions difficult to express with Comega; its code is easy to modify, fostering experimentation. Although presenting fewer optimization opportunities, the implementation is efficient and its interface makes it trivial to translate Comega programs to C#. We describe the interface and implementation of Joins which (ab)uses almost every feature of Generics.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inNinth International Symposium on Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages (PADL 2007)
Pages260–274
Volume4354
SeriesLecture Notes In Computer Science (LNCS)
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
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