Sunday, August 12, 2007

open-call in FTTP loader singleton

To prevent deadlock, we took care to adopt open-call in our synchronized singleton constructor.

Basically, our long constructor (any long constructor) tend to make calls to other objects. Eventually, one of the calls that another programmer add may invoke a method that invoke a synchronized method. Now step back and count how many locks are involved.

Some may question this is over-cautious -- the class doesn't have any other static synchronized method. But Future?

Open-call is defensive design.

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