Nov 20

What are wait handles/mutex object ?

Wait handles sends signals of a thread status from one thread to other thread.There are three kind of wait modes :-

  • WaitOne.
  • WaitAny.
  • WaitAll.

When a thread wants to release a Wait handle it can call Set method.You can use Mutex (mutually exclusive) objects to avail for the following modes. Mutex objects are synchronization objects that can only be owned by a single thread at a time.Threads request ownership of the mutex object when they require exclusive access to a resource. Because only one thread can own a mutex object at any time, other threads must wait for ownership of a mutex object before using the resource.
The WaitOne method causes a calling thread to wait for ownership of a mutex object. If a thread terminates normally while owning a mutex object, the state of the mutex object is set to signaled and the next waiting thread gets ownership.

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