Get up to 60 % extra points for free! More info

Lesson 3 - Monitors, thread priority, exceptions and more in C# .NET

In the previous lesson, Threads in C# .NET - Sleep, Join, and lock, we learned how to block threads and lock them, so we can use shared variables across different threads. In today's C# .NET tutorial, we're going to look at locks in more detail, learn how to pass parameters to a thread and change its priority along with the priority of the whole process.

Monitors and Mutexes

The lock construct, mentioned last time, is actually just syntactic sugar. It generates code using the Monitor class. This class allows us to lock a thread using the static Enter() method and unlock it using the Exit() method. This code:

class AtmSafe
    private object myLock = new object();

    // ...

    private void Withdraw100()
        lock (myLock)
            // ...

is, in fact, translated to:


...End of the preview...

Premium article

Premium article is a large database made up of manuals and tutorials, whose main goal is to provide high-quality IT education to everyone. We started out in the Czech republic, where we display roughly a million articles per month and receive plenty of gratitude from our users. Thanks to our successful establishment, we are now bringing these articles to the rest of the world.

Although we are trying to keep our content free of charge, maintaining the site is a huge effort for everyone involved. Therefore, some content (exercises and more advanced material) costs network points. Don't worry, they're really cheap :)

Article description

Requested article covers this content:

We'll explain Monitors and Mutexes, non-atomic operations, the Interlocked class, and thread priority. We'll pass thread parameters and catch exceptions.

Limited offer: Learn all knowledge and save money

Buy articles and tests separately one by one 50 points
Buy all currently available articles in the section including all features for an exclusive price 43 points
Currently, you have 0 points
By buying this exclusive package, you'll have access to all 7 articles in this course including exercise submitting while saving $0.67. This offer is limited for the first articles only with an additional exclusive 15% discount.
You gain 43 points for adding an article to the site, or for $4.50 $3.82

Warning, by buying just this article you'll lose the limited 15% discount for the package of all the articles.

To access the article, you need 10 points
Currently, you have 0 points
You gain 10 points for adding an article to the site, or for $0.90

Buying this article gives you unlimited access to it forever. You will learn some more and help us keep giving our site maintenance which helps you and others get better futures. It's a win-win.

This article is licensed: Premium, by buying this article, you agree with the terms of use.

You gain points by supporting our network. This is done by sending a helpful amount of money to support the site, or by creating content for the network.

You can get points immediately using:

Credit card SMS Wire transfer
Credit card SMS Wire transfer
Article has been written for you by David Capka
The author is a programmer, who likes web technologies and being the lead/chief article writer at He shares his knowledge with the community and is always looking to improve. He believes that anyone can do what they set their mind to.
Unicorn university The author learned IT at the Unicorn University - a prestigious college providing education on IT and economics.
Activities (5)