Lillian Andres

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Many engineers complain that the non-deterministic behavior of the garbage collector prevents them from utilizing the Java environment for mission-critical applications, especially distributed message-driven displays (GUIs) where user responsiveness is critical. We agree that garbage collection does occur at the worst times: for example, when a user clicks a mouse or a new message enters the system requiring immediate processing. These events must be handled without the delay of in-progress garbage collection. How do we prevent these garbage collection pauses that interfere with the responsiveness of an application ("bothersome pauses")? We have discovered a very effective technique to prevent bothersome garbage collection pauses and build responsive Java applications. This technique or pattern is especially effective for a distributive message-driven display syste... (more)