Execution Models


If you look the code you shout "Get me out of here!". Yes, agree. But there is a reason why it's so complicated.

  • To convert an `OutputStream` into an `InputStream` you need a pipe.
  • To use a pipe and avoid a sure lock you must put the 2 ends of the pipe on different Threads.
  • To use threads Java 5 offers a wide range of options, including pools of Threads. In my library i limited these options to a reasonable number and ease of use. The enum `ThreadModel` helps selecting a mode suitable for your application.

Execution Models

Here are the way io-tools use threads when instantiating InputStreamFromOutputStream or OutputStreamToInputStream classes. You can specify this parameter in the constructor of these classes.

  • STATIC_THREAD_POOL : Threads are taken from a static pool. If the pool is full (10 threads) some slow thread might lock up the pool and other processes might be slowed down.
  • THREAD_PER_INSTANCE : One thread per instance of InputStreamFromOutputStream or OutputStreamToInputStream. Slow but each instance can work in isolation. Also if some thread is not correctly closed it might bring to thread leaks.
  • SINGLE_THREAD : Only one thread is shared by all instances.