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Java Delay/Timer Question

Hi,

I'm trying to do something with a java servlet
involving a time dealy ...

Basically what happens is i get an alert over the
network every time theres a change on a server
and my code automatically mails off this alert
to the relavant people, - problem the alerts are
far too frequent - 2 a minute type thing

Here my basic algorithm

When an alert is received

Start a timer,

Any alert you get inbetween,

Check if the exact same alert has been
seen already
if not
        break the timer loop
        and send the mail
if so
        add it to an array of alerts
        and wait until timer is finished

reset timer

end timer loop        

So in effect instead of getting a mail
every 2 minutes about the same problem
the program would would it for a half hour
before mailing it out again ...

Would it be useful to run this as a separate
thread ?

Is there an api in java for these type of problems ?

Any help with this is greatly appreciated ..
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imladrisCommented:
I don't believe there is any specific help for such things. And no, I don't think a separate timer thread is needed here either. A class with a method that is called for every alert is quite sufficient, based on your description. In pseudo code it would be something like:


class AlertFilter
{   long time;
    AlertList alerts;

    AlertFilter()
    {   time=System.currentTimeMillis();
        alerts=new AlertList();
        return;
    }

    void processAlert(Alert a)
    {   checkTime();
        if(!alerts.has(a))
        {   Send Alert
            alerts.add(a);
        }
        return;
    }

    void checkTime()
    {   if(System.currentTimeMillis()-time>30000)
        {   time=System.currentTimeMillis();
            alerts.reset();
        }
        return;
    }
}


Well, that came out as more real code than pseudo. The details of AlertList and Alert should be easy to imagine.
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objectsCommented:
Have a look at the Timer and TimerTask classes.
They should provide the functionality you are looking for.
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imladrisCommented:
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michaelgocAuthor Commented:
The basic algorithm was sound
but the check time method was incorrect,
I have written my own timer class and checked
the time elapsed etc with this, ( seems to be working )
Thanks ,

Michael
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