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JavaScript LRU Cache

Just a simple LRU cache written in javascript. It is loosely based on ASP.NET's Cache, and includes many caching options such as absolute expiration, sliding expiration, cache priority, and a callback function. It can be used to cache data locally in the user's browser, saving a server roundtrip in AJAX heavy applications.

How It Works

    // Create a new cache item
    // The constructor accepts an optional integer
    // parameter which places a limit on how many
    // items the cache holds
    var cache = new Cache();

    // add an item to the cache
    // parameters: key - the key to refer to the object
    //             value - the object to cache
    //             options - an optional parameter described below
    // the last parameter accepts an object which controls various caching options:
    //      expirationAbsolute: the datetime when the item should expire
    //      expirationSliding: an integer representing the seconds since
    //                         the last cache access after which the item
    //                         should expire
    //      priority: How important it is to leave this item in the cache.
    //                You can use the values CachePriority.LOW, .NORMAL, or
    //                .HIGH, or you can just use an integer.  Note that
    //                placing a priority on an item does not guarantee
    //                it will remain in cache.  It can still be purged if
    //                an expiration is hit, or if the cache is full.
    //      callback: A function that gets called when the item is purged
    //                from cache.  The key and value of the removed item
    //                are passed as parameters to the callback function.
    cache.setItem("A", "1", {expirationAbsolute: null,
                             expirationSliding: 60,
                             priority: CachePriority.HIGH,
                             callback: function(k, v) { alert('removed ' + k); }
                            });

    // retrieve an item from the cache
    // takes one parameter, the key to retreive
    // returns the cached item
    cache.getItem("A");

    // Remove and return an item from the cache.
    // If the item doesn't exist it returns null.
    cache.removeItem("A");

    // Returns the number of items in the cache.
    cache.size();

    // Return stats about the cache, like {"hits": 1, "misses": 4}
    cache.stats();

    // clears all items from the cache
    cache.clear();

LocalStorage Persistance

You can have the cache persist its values to localStorage on browsers that support it. To do this simply create the cache with a different storage backend like:

var cache = new Cache(-1, false, new Cache.LocalStorageCacheStorage());

All values have to be JSON stringifiable, which means the callback option to setItem won't work.

If you want to have multiple independent caches, pass in a namespace argument, like:

var cache = new Cache(-1, false, new Cache.LocalStorageCacheStorage('myNameSpace'));

If -1 is used for the cache size, the cache will be limited to the size of localStorage, which is currently 5MB on Chrome/Safari.

History

  • 11/29/2011: Thanks to Andrew Carman for tests, pluggable backends, localStorage persistance, and bug fixes.
  • 1/8/2011: Migrated project to GitHub.
  • 1/20/2010: Thanks to Andrej Arn for some syntax updates.
  • 5/30/2008: First version.
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