By Garth Nix

ISBN-10: 0060096942

ISBN-13: 9780060096946

You'd imagine being a Prince in an enormous intergalactic empire will be approximately nearly as good because it will get. quite while Princes are quicker, smarter, and more desirable than general people. let alone being more often than not immortal.

however it isn't as nice because it sounds. Princes must be challenging to kill—as Khemri learns the minute he turns into one—for they're consistently at risk. Their maximum danger? different Princes. each Prince desires to develop into Emperor, and the best strategy to achieve this is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any power competitor. There are ideas, yet as Khemri discovers, ideas could be bent or even damaged.

quickly Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and dispatched on a mystery undertaking. within the ruins of area conflict he meets a tender lady referred to as Raine, who demanding situations his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself.

yet Khemri is a Prince, or even if he desired to go away the Empire in the back of, there are forces that experience very convinced plans for his destiny. . . .

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Com 57 constraint that none of the operations on the data items stored in the stack should perform any operation on the stack itself. This puts the burden on the user of the stack, but its rather uncommon for the data stored in a container to access that container, and its quite apparent when this is happening, so it's not a particularly difficult burden to carry. 4. At least in that case we could lock the mutexes simultaneously, but that's not always possible. 1, then one possibility for protecting the list is to have a mutex per node.

1: Protecting a list with a mutex #include #include #include std::list some_list; std::mutex some_mutex; #1 #2 void add_to_list(int new_value) { std::lock_guard guard(some_mutex); #3 ©Manning Publications Co. 1, there is a single global variable (#1), and it is protected with a corresponding global instance of std::mutex (#2). The use of std::lock_guard in add_to_list() (#3) and again in list_contains() (#4) means that the accesses in these functions are mutually exclusive: list_contains() will never see the list part-way through a modification by add_to_list().

In this case, we missed the code in foo() that calls unprotected->do_something(). Unfortunately, this part of the problem is not something the C++ Thread Library can help us with: it is up to us as programmers to lock the right mutex to protect our data. On the upside, we have a guideline to follow, which will help us in these cases: Don't pass pointers and references to protected data outside the scope of the lock, whether by returning them from a function, storing them in externally visible memory, or passing them as arguments to user-supplied functions.

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