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Concurrent Programming in JavaTM : Design Principles and Patterns. (Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1997), pp. 1–2.

TEAM LinG 36 THE ELEMENTS OF C++ STYLE 48. Use the Active Voice to Describe Actors and Passive Voice to Describe Actions In English prose, the active voice is normally preferred over the passive voice. However, this is not always the case in technical documentation. This is especially true when a document provides usage instructions. Use the active voice when the actor in a situation is important. Prefer: ■ ■ A Time object represents a point in time. Use time()to get the current system time. Avoid: ■ ■ A point in time is represented by a Time object.

In a concurrent environment, a programmer maintains desirable program states by limiting or negotiating access to shared resources using synchronization. The principal role of synchronization is to prevent undesirable or unanticipated interference between simultaneously executing instruction sequences. Synchronization describes the set of mechanisms or processes for preventing undesirable interleaving of operations or interference between concurrent threads. This is primarily accomplished by serializing access to a shared program state.

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