How to implement caching in Phalcon?

by raphael_tillman , in category: PHP Frameworks , a year ago

How to implement caching in Phalcon?

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by lindsey.homenick , 9 months ago

@raphael_tillman 

Phalcon provides a built-in caching component that supports several caching adapters, including APCu, File, Memory, Redis, and others.


To implement caching in Phalcon:

  1. Choose a caching adapter: Select a caching adapter that best fits your application's needs. For example, if your application is running on a single server, you could use file-based caching. If you have a distributed application, you might want to consider using a distributed caching solution like Redis.
  2. Configure the caching component: Once you've chosen a caching adapter, you need to configure the caching component. This involves creating a new instance of the caching component and passing it the appropriate parameters, such as a file path for file-based caching or a host and port for Redis-based caching.
  3. Store data in the cache: Once the caching component is configured, you can use it to store data in the cache. You can store any type of data in the cache, such as database results, API responses, or even HTML fragments.
  4. Retrieve data from the cache: When you need to retrieve data from the cache, you can use the caching component's "get" method. If the data is present in the cache, it will be returned immediately. If not, you can retrieve the data from its original source and store it in the cache for future use.
  5. Handle cache invalidation: When data changes, you need to invalidate any related cache entries to ensure that the data remains up-to-date. You can do this manually by deleting the cache entry, or you can set an expiration time for the cache entry so that it automatically expires after a set period.


Here is an example of configuring the caching component in Phalcon using the File adapter:

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$cache = new PhalconCacheBackendFile(
    new PhalconCacheFrontendData(),
    [
        "cacheDir" => "/path/to/cache/directory/",
        "prefix" => "myapp_",
        "lifetime" => 3600,
    ]
);


This creates a new caching component using the File adapter, with a cache directory of "/path/to/cache/directory/", a cache key prefix of "myapp_", and a lifetime of 3600 seconds (1 hour).


To store data in the cache, you can use the following code:

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$cache->save("my_data", $data);


This stores the data in the cache under the key "my_data". To retrieve the data from the cache, you can use the following code:

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if($cache->exists("my_data")) {
    $data = $cache->get("my_data");
} else {
    $data = // retrieve data from source
    $cache->save("my_data", $data);
}


This checks if the data is present in the cache and retrieves it if it is. If not, it retrieves the data from its original source and stores it in the cache for future use.


To handle cache invalidation, you can either delete the cache entry manually or set an expiration time for the cache entry:

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$cache->delete("my_data"); // manually delete cache entry


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$cache->save("my_data", $data, 3600); // set expiration time of 1 hour