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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (28 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032143482X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321434821
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I have been fascinated with concurrency ever since I added threading support to the Common Language Runtime a decade ago. That’s also where I met Joe, who is a world expert on this topic. These days, concurrency is a first-order concern for practically all developers. Thank goodness for Joe’s book. It is a tour de force and I shall rely on it for many years to come.”

—Chris Brumme, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft

 

“I first met Joe when we were both working with the Microsoft CLR team. At that time, we had several discussions about threading and it was apparent that he was as passionate about this subject as I was. Later, Joe transitioned to Microsoft’s Parallel Computing Platform team where a lot of his good ideas about threading could come to fruition. Most threading and concurrency books that I have come across contain information that is incorrect and explains how to solve contrived problems that good architecture would never get you into in the first place. Joe’s book is one of the very few books that I respect on the matter, and this respect comes from knowing Joe’s knowledge, experience, and his ability to explain concepts.”

—Jeffrey Richter, Wintellect

 

“There are few areas in computing that are as important, or shrouded in mystery, as concurrency. It’s not simple, and Duffy doesn’t claim to make it so—but armed with the right information and excellent advice, creating correct and highly scalable systems is at least possible. Every self-respecting Windows developer should read this book.”

—Jonathan Skeet, Software Engineer, Clearswift

 

“What I love about this book is that it is both comprehensive in its coverage of concurrency on the Windows platform, as well as very practical in its presentation of techniques immediately applicable to real-world software development. Joe’s book is a ‘must have’ resource for anyone building native or managed code Windows applications that leverage concurrency!”

—Steve Teixeira, Product Unit Manager, Parallel Computing Platform, Microsoft Corporation

 

“This book is a fabulous compendium of both theoretical knowledge and practical guidance on writing effective concurrent applications. Joe Duffy is not only a preeminent expert in the art of developing parallel applications for Windows, he’s also a true student of the art of writing. For this book, he has combined those two skill sets to create what deserves and is destined to be a long-standing classic in developers’ hands everywhere.”

—Stephen Toub, Program Manager Lead, Parallel Computing Platform, Microsoft

 

“As chip designers run out of ways to make the individual chip faster, they have moved towards adding parallel compute capacity instead. Consumer PCs with multiple cores are now commonplace. We are at an inflection point where improved performance will no longer come from faster chips but rather from our ability as software developers to exploit concurrency. Understanding the concepts of concurrent programming and how to write concurrent code has therefore become a crucial part of writing successful software. With Concurrent Programming on Windows, Joe Duffy has done a great job explaining concurrent concepts from the fundamentals through advanced techniques. The detailed descriptions of algorithms and their interaction with the underlying hardware turn a complicated subject into something very approachable. This book is the perfect companion to have at your side while writing concurrent software for Windows.”

—Jason Zander, General Manager, Visual Studio, Microsoft

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“When you begin using multi-threading throughout an application, the importance of clean architecture and design is critical. . . . This places an emphasis on understanding not only the platform’s capabilities but also emerging best practices. Joe does a great job interspersing best practices alongside theory throughout his book.”

– From the Foreword by Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation

 

Author Joe Duffy has risen to the challenge of explaining how to write software that takes full advantage of concurrency and hardware parallelism. In Concurrent Programming on Windows, he explains how to design, implement, and maintain large-scale concurrent programs, primarily using C# and C++ for Windows.

 

Duffy aims to give application, system, and library developers the tools and techniques needed to write efficient, safe code for multicore processors. This is important not only for the kinds of problems where concurrency is inherent and easily exploitable—such as server applications, compute-intensive image manipulation, financial analysis, simulations, and AI algorithms—but also for problems that can be speeded up using parallelism but require more effort—such as math libraries, sort routines, report generation, XML manipulation, and stream processing algorithms.

 

Concurrent Programming on Windows has four major sections: The first introduces concurrency at a high level, followed by a section that focuses on the fundamental platform features, inner workings, and API details. Next, there is a section that describes common patterns, best practices, algorithms, and data structures that emerge while writing concurrent software. The final section covers many of the common system-wide architectural and process concerns of concurrent programming.

 

This is the only book you’ll need in order to learn the best practices and common patterns for programming with concurrency on Windows and .NET.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Clarke on 3 Jun 2009
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There are a couple of things it is worth knowing about this book before you buy it. Firstly although it is in the .Net development series it is of far more use to those working in the unmanaged world, the second is that it is over 1000 pages in length and is not a reference book as much as a technical journey of discovery. You will need to read this cover to cover to get much out of it.

Although split into 4 sections you can really think of this as 2 books, sections 1 and 2 are a guide to threading on Windows, sections 3 and 4 cover concurrent programming techniques.

Even if you have been programming on Windows for years and consider yourself au-fait with threading you will be amazed at the breadth and depth of information in the guide to threading. There is low level detail on everything from thread local storage to thread pools (both managed and unmanaged) and a lot of coverage of additional kernal level functions available only to unmanaged developers working in Vista or Server 2008.
The book covers ways to utilise multiple CPU's, ways to measure utilisation and low level knowledge that one can apply to write perfomant code, having used many of the techniques myself they do work and it is eye opening quite how much faster you can make many sever operations. Maybe the most eye opening element is details on the re-ordering that compilers do, especially on 64bit processors, there is discussion of use of memory barriers to force operation ordering.
By now I am sure you get the impression, this is low level stuff, very useful to those working on c++ server code, possibly less applicable to most .Net developers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Tsiapis on 9 May 2010
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This book has everything and anything you may need to know about win32 threads. I am half way through it and I really love it. I will try to give the positives and the negatives as simple as I can.

Positives:
1. Gives you a very deep understanding of win32 threads
2. It is for both native and managed code
3. It explains all the APIs
4. It explains all the concurency theory
5. It has chapters for best used practises and patterns
6. It explains magnificently the thread pools
7. It has a chapter for fibers, which is bleeding edge thread theory

Negatives:
1. The book is vast and big ( on the other hand, not boring since every line has pCked information )
2. The book expects you to know win32 ( but I would say that is not negative, it is a fair assumption )

Just do yourself a favor and buy that book. I will try to come later with an update review, once I will finish reading it.
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This book collects wealth of information about different topics from different sources and provide that to its readers in a very structured manner...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Kaluza on 7 Aug 2009
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This book is extremely thorough reference detailing minute details of concurrent programming on Windows. Author not only discusses high level .NET mechanisms but also underlying OS/kernel primitives.
Frequent references to C/C++ or even assembler may make it difficult to .NET only developers. As it is packed with rather in depth information it is not an easy read, so if you are looking for a quick "how to" guide this book may not be ideal.
I highly recommended it if you want to dive deeper than what's available in .NET framework library. If you read it it's going to be probably the last book on the subject that you will ever have to read.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By YM on 4 Jun 2011
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Book covers the theory of concurrent programming in great detail. But falls short of working examples.
Also, the code in the book is mainly c/c++ with very little .net.
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