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Mastering Concurrency Programming with Java 8

By : Javier Fernández González
Book Image

Mastering Concurrency Programming with Java 8

By: Javier Fernández González

Overview of this book

Concurrency programming allows several large tasks to be divided into smaller sub-tasks, which are further processed as individual tasks that run in parallel. All the sub-tasks are combined together once the required results are achieved; they are then merged to get the final output. The whole process is very complex. This process goes from the design of concurrent algorithms to the testing phase where concurrent applications need extra attention. Java includes a comprehensive API with a lot of ready-to-use components to implement powerful concurrency applications in an easy way, but with a high flexibility to adapt these components to your needs. The book starts with a full description of design principles of concurrent applications and how to parallelize a sequential algorithm. We'll show you how to use all the components of the Java Concurrency API from basics to the most advanced techniques to implement them in powerful concurrency applications in Java. You will be using real-world examples of complex algorithms related to machine learning, data mining, natural language processing, image processing in client / server environments. Next, you will learn how to use the most important components of the Java 8 Concurrency API: the Executor framework to execute multiple tasks in your applications, the phaser class to implement concurrent tasks divided into phases, and the Fork/Join framework to implement concurrent tasks that can be split into smaller problems (using the divide and conquer technique). Toward the end, we will cover the new inclusions in Java 8 API, the Map and Reduce model, and the Map and Collect model. The book will also teach you about the data structures and synchronization utilities to avoid data-race conditions and other critical problems. Finally, the book ends with a detailed description of the tools and techniques that you can use to test a Java concurrent application.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Mastering Concurrency Programming with Java 8
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First example – a best-matching algorithm for words

The main objective of a best-matching algorithm for words is to find the words most similar to a string passed as a parameter. To implement one of these algorithms you need the following:

  • A list of words: In our case, we have used the UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary (UKACD) that is a word list compiled for the crossword community. It has 250,353 words and idioms. It can be downloaded for free from

  • A metric to measure the similarity between two words: We have used the Levenshtein distance that is used to measure the difference between two sequences of chars. The Levenshtein distance is the minimal number of insertions, deletions, or substitutions, which is necessary to transform the first string into the second string. You can find a brief description of this metric in

In our example, you will implement two operations:

  • The first operation returns...