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Ruby Programming
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Often the simplest way to do two things at once is by using Ruby threads. These are totally in-process, implemented within the Ruby interpreter. That makes the Ruby threads completely portable---there is no reliance on the operating system---but you don't get certain benefits from having native threads. You may experience thread starvation (that's where a low-priority thread doesn't get a chance to run). If you manage to get your threads deadlocked, the whole process may grind to a halt. And if some thread happens to make a call to the operating system that takes a long time to complete, all threads will hang until the interpreter gets control back. However, don't let these potential problems put you off---Ruby threads are a lightweight and efficient way to achieve parallelism in your code.
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