Test-First Java Concurrency for the Classroom

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Executive Summary

Concurrent programming is becoming more important due to the growing dominance of multi-core processors and the prevalence of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). To prepare students for the concurrent future, instructors have begun to address concurrency earlier in their curricula. Unfortunately, test-driven development, which enables students and practitioners to quickly develop reliable single-threaded programs, is not as effective in the domain of concurrent programming. This paper describes how ConcJUnit can simplify the task of writing unit tests for multithreaded programs, and provides examples that can be used to introduce students to concurrent programming.

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