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This is a clojure mcached client library, providing the following:

  • A protocol, "mcache.core.Memcache", defining basic memcached-related functions for setting, getting, and removing to/from memcached

  • Extends the spymemcached memcached client object with the Memcache protocol.

  • Provides some higher-level macros and functions geared towards using memcached with a persistent store; these functions are implemented entirely in terms of the Memcache protocol.

  • Integrates with the clojure.core.cache caching library


Add this to your project.clj:

[mcache "0.2.0"]

Example usage:

(ns mcache.test.cache
    (:use [mcache.core]
    (:import [clojure.core.cache CacheProtocol]
             [mcache.core MemcachedCache]))

;; construct the client
(def mc (net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient. (list ( "" 11211))))

;; Example of basic put/fetch/delete usage:
(put mc "foo" "this is a cached value")
(fetch mc "foo")  ;; returns "this is a cached value"
(delete mc "foo")

;; You can do bulk sets by passing a map of key->value:
(put-all mc {"foo" "this is foo value" 
             "bar" "this is bar value" 
             "anumber" 42})

;; You can do bulk gets, passing a sequence of keys:
(fetch-all mc ["foo" "bar" "anumber"])

;; And bulk deletes:
(delete-all mc ["foo" "anumber"])

;; The Memcache protocol is not meant to wrap all functionality. 
;; Use Java interop for cache operations not covered in the protocol:

(.. mc (incr "aKey")) ;; increments and returns a value
(.. mc (incr "anotherKey" 2 0)) ;; increments by two, default 0
(.. mc (getStats))  ;; get stats from all clients
(.. mc (cas "aKey" casId value)) ;; check-and-set


Operations that associate a value with a key (add, set, replace, etc) take an optional 'exp' argument, representing expiration in seconds. If omitted, a default is used. In the case of the spymemcached implementation, the default expiration is 30 days. The expiration value follows the memcached protocol: the expiration is a long representing seconds. If <= 30 days, it represents time-to-live; if > 30 days, it is assumed to be an expiration date, in seconds since Jan 1 1970.

Higher-level functions:

with-cache macro

The library provides a "with-cache" macro, accepting a key and an sexpr to produce a value in the case where the cache does not contain the key.

It also provides two functions supporting cached-backed keyed lookup of data from a persistent store: "cache-backed-lookup" and "cache-backed-lookup-all".

See the docs for these functions for details.

clojure.core.cache integration

You can create a CacheProtocol object by constructing an instance of mcache.cache.MemcachedCache, passing it an instance of an object which extends the Memcache protocol. For example:

  (net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient. (list ( "" 11211))))

There is also a factory function which does the same:

  (net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient. (list ( "" 11211))))

The resulting object extends both the clojure.core.cache.CacheProtocol protocol, and the mcache.cache.Memcache protocol. Any functions written against the Memcache protocol should work seamlessly against either a MemcachedCache object or a net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient instance. Likewise, this integration with clojure.core.cache should allow the use of memcached for functions that talk to CacheProtocol.


Copyright (C) 2012 David H. Martin

Distributed under the Eclipse Public License, the same as Clojure.