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Synchronized in Java

Simon Leung
Simon Leung asked
Last Modified: 2020-11-02
For the code below, why a single thread will use up all the ticketcounter ? I suppose the lock on ticketpool will be released at the end of the while loop. hence, other thread wait for it should able to get it at once. However, it come out that a single thread will buy all the ticket. Any idea ?


class Buyer3 extends Thread {
   TicketPool pool;// declare total ticket and initialized it to 100 
   Buyer3(TicketPool pool)
      this.pool = pool;
   public void run() //override run() here 
      //loop if availableTicket >0    
         synchronized(pool) {         
           if (pool.getTicket()>0) {
            // place order: print out "Thread xx reserved ticket --- #n"
             System.out.println(Thread.currentThread().getName()+" reserved ticket # "+ pool.getTicket());
              //delay 10ms: sleep(10)
                catch (InterruptedException itro){
                 System.out.println("sleep is interrupted");
                //payment finished: decrease availableTicket by 1 
                //print the leftover tickets
                System.out.println(Thread.currentThread().getName()+" bought ticket # " + (pool.getTicket()+1) + ", ticket left: "+pool.getTicket());
      }// go back to buy another once (while loop)   

   }// end of override run()


class TicketPool {
   int availableTicket;
   TicketPool(int totalTicket)
      this.availableTicket = totalTicket;
   void setTicket(int newNumber)
      availableTicket = newNumber;
   int getTicket(){
      return availableTicket;

public class Task2{
   public static void main (String[] args){
      // start 4 threads from a object of class Ticket that implements the "Runnable" interface
      TicketPool tickets = new TicketPool(10);
      // start 4 threads from the same object
      Buyer3 t1 = new Buyer3(tickets);
      Buyer3 t2 = new Buyer3(tickets);
      Buyer3 t3 = new Buyer3(tickets);
      Buyer3 t4 = new Buyer3(tickets);

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