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Lesson 3 - Monitors, thread priority, exceptions and more in C# .NET

In the previous lesson, Threads in C# .NET - Sleep, Join, and lock, we learned how to block threads and lock them, so we can use shared variables across different threads. In today's C# .NET tutorial, we're going to look at locks in more detail, learn how to pass parameters to a thread and change its priority along with the priority of the whole process.

Monitors and Mutexes

The lock construct, mentioned last time, is actually just syntactic sugar. It generates code using the Monitor class. This class allows us to lock a thread using the static Enter() method and unlock it using the Exit() method. This code:

class AtmSafe
    private object myLock = new object();

    // ...

    private void Withdraw100()
        lock (myLock)
            // ...

is, in fact, translated to:


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We'll explain Monitors and Mutexes, non-atomic operations, the Interlocked class, and thread priority. We'll pass thread parameters and catch exceptions.

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