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Tip of the Day
Language: C++
Expertise: Beginner
Jun 15, 2000

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Threads in C++

Question:
Is it possible to have threads in C++ like you can in Java?

Answer:
Sure you can have threads in C++. However, unlike Java, C++ uses external thread libraries for this purpose. For example, Windows programmers normally use the Win API thread functions or MFC classes; Unix and Linux programmers usually use the pthreads library. This ensures high performance and maximal flexibility because the underlying implementation of threads and their performance are platform-dependent.

To enable thread support, C++ provides the 'volatile' keyword and the sig_atomic_t data type.

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