Sunday, April 15, 2012

Difference between blocking and non-blocking callbacks

As per wiki:
There are two types of callbacks: blocking callbacks (also known as synchronous callbacks or just callbacks) and deferred callbacks (also known as asynchronous callbacks). These two design choices differ in how they control data flow at runtime. While blocking callbacks are invoked before a function (in the example above: main) returns, deferred callbacks may be invoked after a function returns. The above is an example of a blocking callback. Deferred callbacks are often used in the context of I/O operations or event handling. While deferred callbacks imply the existence of multiple threads, blocking callbacks are often (but not always) relying on a single thread. Therefore blocking callbacks are no common cause for synchronization.

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