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NAME

       ost::ThreadKey - This class allows the creation of a thread context unique 'pointer' that
       can be set and retrieved and can be used to create thread specific data areas for
       implementing 'thread safe' library routines.

SYNOPSIS

       #include <thread.h>

   Public Member Functions
       ThreadKey ()
           Create a unique thread specific container.
       virtual ~ThreadKey ()
           Destroy a thread specific container and any contents reserved.
       void * getKey (void)
           Get the value of the pointer for the thread specific data container.
       void setKey (void *)
           Set the value of the pointer for the current thread specific execution context.

   Friends
       class ThreadImpl

Detailed Description

       This class allows the creation of a thread context unique 'pointer' that can be set and
       retrieved and can be used to create thread specific data areas for implementing 'thread
       safe' library routines.

       Finally, Common C++ supports a thread-safe 'AtomicCounter' class. This can often be used
       for reference counting without having to protect the counter with a separate Mutex
       counter. This lends to lighter-weight code.

       Author:
           David Sugar dyfet@ostel.com container for thread specific data storage.

Constructor & Destructor Documentation

   ost::ThreadKey::ThreadKey ()
       Create a unique thread specific container.

   virtual ost::ThreadKey::~ThreadKey () [virtual]
       Destroy a thread specific container and any contents reserved.

Member Function Documentation

   void* ost::ThreadKey::getKey (void)
       Get the value of the pointer for the thread specific data container. A unique pointer can
       be set for each execution context.

       Returns:
           a unique void * for each execution context.

   void ost::ThreadKey::setKey (void *)
       Set the value of the pointer for the current thread specific execution context. This can
       be used to store thread context specific data.

       Parameters:
           - ptr to thread context specific data.

Friends And Related Function Documentation

   friend class ThreadImpl [friend]

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