Multithread Programming in Java (2)

Create Thread by Extending Thread:

The second way to create a thread is to create a new class that extends Thread, and then to create an instance of that class.

The extending class must override the run( ) method, which is the entry point for the new thread. It must also call start( ) to begin execution of the new thread.


Here is the preceding program rewritten to extend Thread:

// Create a second thread by extending Thread
class NewThread extends Thread {
   NewThread() {
      // Create a new, second thread
      super("Demo Thread");
      System.out.println("Child thread: " + this);
      start(); // Start the thread

   // This is the entry point for the second thread.
   public void run() {
      try {
         for(int i = 5; i > 0; i--) {
            System.out.println("Child Thread: " + i);
			// Let the thread sleep for a while.
      } catch (InterruptedException e) {
         System.out.println("Child interrupted.");
      System.out.println("Exiting child thread.");

public class ExtendThread {
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      new NewThread(); // create a new thread
      try {
         for(int i = 5; i > 0; i--) {
            System.out.println("Main Thread: " + i);
      } catch (InterruptedException e) {
         System.out.println("Main thread interrupted.");
      System.out.println("Main thread exiting.");

This would produce following result:

Child thread: Thread[Demo Thread,5,main]
Main Thread: 5
Child Thread: 5
Child Thread: 4
Main Thread: 4
Child Thread: 3
Child Thread: 2
Main Thread: 3
Child Thread: 1
Exiting child thread.
Main Thread: 2
Main Thread: 1
Main thread exiting.

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