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Monday, July 9, 2007

Why doesn’t C# have a synchronized keyword?

In Java you can mark a class method as a critical section, i.e. it will only be executed by one thread at a time, by using the synchronized keyword:

synchronized void myMethod()
{
doSomething();
}

In C# you have to type in this ghastly (and rather obscure) mouthful:

using System.Runtime.CompilerServices;

[MethodImpl(MethodImplOptions.Synchronized)]
void MyMethod()
{
DoSomething();
}

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