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I would like multiple thread within a process to access
a common data.
I put the common data in a class and declared it static
i.e public class A {
           static int data1;
           static string data2;

           public synchronized int makechanges()
           {
              //make changes to static data...
           }
   }
my question regards the constructor for this class.
Obviously I would like to initialize data1 & data2 at
the start of the program.
But I can't initialize data1 & data2 in the constructor since each instantiation of this class by a
thread will reset the existing static data.
I could just set a flag as another static field in the
class to deal with this problem.
But is this the best way to get multiple threads to share data ?

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What you need is a static initializer which is executed once when the class is loaded by the class loader.

public class A {
               static int data1;
               static string data2;
               static
               {
                 data1 = ...
                 data2 = ...
               }
.

This is of course not the only way for the threads to share data, but this is the simplest. other ways are passing a non-static object reference to each thread, making an object a singleton with a static method getXXX() which returns a reference to a single object instance (it is similar to making the object static but the user does not know it is static).

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