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  title = "{H}igher-{O}rder {C}oncurrency in {J}ava",
  author= "Demaine, Erik D.",
  editor= "Bakkers, Andr\`{e} W. P.",
  pages = "34--47",
  booktitle= "{P}roceedings of {W}o{TUG}-20: {P}arallel {P}rogramming and {J}ava",
  isbn= "90 5199 336 6",
  year= "1997",
  month= "mar",
  abstract= "In this paper we examine an extension to Hoare's
     Communicating Sequential Processes model called higher-order
     concurrency, proposed by Reppy. In this extension,
     communication algorithms (or events) are first-class objects
     and can be created and manipulated dynamically. In addition,
     threads are automatically garbage collected and channels are
     first-class, that is, they can be passed over other
     channels. We describe the design of a Java package that
     implements the main features of higher-order concurrency,
     with similar ease-of-use to Reppy's Concurrent ML system.
     Our implementation can be easily extended to use a
     distributed system, which is a major limitation with
     Concurrent ML. We also hope to bring the idea of
     higher-order concurrency to a wider audience, since it is
     extremely powerful and flexible, but currently only well
     known to the programming-languages community."

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