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Thread: Is this even a valid way of getting Ticks Per Second?

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    Default Is this even a valid way of getting Ticks Per Second?

    Hello all. I've been recently working a bunch on my game, and I've seen a lot of simple game examples calculate Ticks/Frames per seconds in some odd way that uses a lot of variables. And I have a small piece of code in my game that calculates how many ticks passed every second. It seems really easy and I was wondering why no-one else used the method. Here is mine:

    //...
    int ticks = 0;
     
    Thread tickThread = new Thread(new Runnable(){
      public void run(){
        while(true){
          try{
            Thread.sleep(1000);
          }catch(Exception e){}
          //Then show user ticks that have
         //passed.
        }
      }
    });
    public Renderer(){
      tickThread.start();
    }
     
    //... inside update method
    public void update(){
      ticks++;
    }

    It pretty much uses a thread sleeping for 1000 milliseconds, then shows the user the amount of ticks that have passed. update() is called every game loop.
    So, is there an easier way? I've never seen anyone use this method. In LWJGL it is very accurate.


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    Default Re: Is this even a valid way of getting Ticks Per Second?

    I'm not sure how you'd use this code, as it seems incomplete. For example, I don't see any reset of the ticks value. I'd suggest putting together an SSCCE that demonstrates exactly how it would be used, if you really want useful replies.

    But by introducing threading, you're introducing uncertainty into your fps count. For example, it's theoretically possible for this thread to return from the Thread.sleep() call, but not actually get control until much later. That probably won't happen, but you will see some wiggle in your data because of that problem.
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