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Using Memcache in Ruby Programs

Discussion in 'Ruby on Rails' started by pradeep, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. pradeep

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    Memcache is a high-performance open-source caching server daemon and it's robust, fast & distributed system. Memcached has a client-server model, the memcached daemon listens of default port 11211, which obviously can be configured to our requirements.

    In this article we will be looking at a Ruby gem which will be used to implement the benefits of memcache in our Ruby programs, the memcache gem uses libmemcached C library which makes it faster than pure-Ruby memcache gems. I had earlier written an article Faster Webapps With Memcache, which is a good read for beginners.

    Installing The Gem

    To install the gem just issue the following command in shell:

    $ gem install memcached

    Accessing Memcached

    Memcached Ruby gem is pretty easy to use, the following code snippets will be self-explanatory.

    require 'rubygems'
    require 'memcached'
    ## connect to Memcached instance running on localhost on the default port 11211
    mcache_obj = Memcached.new("localhost:11211")
    ## set a key/value pair
    mcache_obj.set 'myName', 'Anjali'
    ## get the value
    mcache_obj.get 'myName' # returns "Anjali"
    ## getting multiple keys' values at once
    mcache_obj.get ['myName', 'BadKey', 'myName1']
    ## returns {"myName" => "Anjali", "BadKey" => "Anjali" }
    ## delete key
    mcache_obj.delete 'myName'
    ## set a key/value with expiry, set to expire after 60 secs
    mcache_obj.set 'myName', 'Anjali', 60
    ## you can also increment values, like counters etc.
    mcache_obj.set 'Mycounter', 1.to_s, 0
    mcache_obj.increment 'Mycounter' # value becomes 2
    mcache_obj.increment 'Mycounter' # value becomes 3
    I hope this was helpful in getting you started with using memcached in your Ruby programs.
    shabbir likes this.

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