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Bigcache support

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The Bigcache plugin enables lightweight access to BigCache. This plugin does NOT provide domain classes nor dynamic finders like GORM does.


Upon installation the plugin will generate the following artifacts in $appdir/griffon-app/conf:

  • BigcacheConfig.groovy - contains the cache definitions.
  • BootstrapBigcache.groovy - defines init/destroy hooks for data to be manipulated during app startup/shutdown.

A new dynamic method named withBigcache will be injected into all controllers, giving you access to a org.bigcache.BigCacheManager object, with which you'll be able to make calls to the cache. Remember to make all cache calls off the EDT otherwise your application may appear unresponsive when doing long computations inside the EDT.

This method is aware of multiple caches. If no bigcacheManagerName is specified when calling it then the default cache will be selected. Here are two example usages, the first queries against the default cache while the second queries a cache whose name has been configured as 'internal'

package sample
class SampleController {
    def queryAllDatabases = {
        withBigcache { bcmName, bcm -> ... }
        withBigcache('internal') { bcmName, bcm -> ... }

This method is also accessible to any component through the singleton griffon.plugins.bigcache.BigcacheConnector. You can inject these methods to non-artifacts via metaclasses. Simply grab hold of a particular metaclass and call BigcacheEnhancer.enhance(metaClassInstance).


Dynamic method injection

The withBigcache() dynamic method will be added to controllers by default. You can change this setting by adding a configuration flag in griffon-app/conf/Config.groovy

griffon.bigcache.injectInto = ['controller', 'service']


The following events will be triggered by this addon

  • BigcacheConnectStart[config, bigcacheManagerName] - triggered before connecting to the bigcacheManager
  • BigcacheConnectEnd[bigcacheManagerName, bigcacheManager] - triggered after connecting to the bigcacheManager
  • BigcacheDisconnectStart[config, bigcacheManagerName, bigcacheManager] - triggered before disconnecting from the bigcacheManager
  • BigcacheDisconnectEnd[config, bigcacheManagerName] - triggered after disconnecting from the bigcacheManager

Multiple Stores

The config file BigcacheConfig.groovy defines a default manager block. As the name implies this is the cache used by default, however you can configure named bigcache managers by adding a new config block. For example connecting to a manager whose name is 'internal' can be done in this way

managers {
    internal {
        caches {
            data = [
                capacity = '1G'

This block can be used inside the environments() block in the same way as the default manager block is used.


A trivial sample application can be found at


The withBigcache() dynamic method will not be automatically injected during unit testing, because addons are simply not initialized for this kind of tests. However you can use BigcacheEnhancer.enhance(metaClassInstance, bigcacheProviderInstance) where bigcacheProviderInstance is of type griffon.plugins.bigcache.BigcacheProvider. The contract for this interface looks like this

public interface BigcacheProvider {
    Object withBigcache(Closure closure);
    Object withBigcache(String bigcacheManagerName, Closure closure);
    <T> T withBigcache(CallableWithArgs<T> callable);
    <T> T withBigcache(String bigcacheManagerName, CallableWithArgs<T> callable);

It's up to you define how these methods need to be implemented for your tests. For example, here's an implementation that never fails regardless of the arguments it receives

class MyBigcacheProvider implements BigcacheProvider {
    Object withBigcache(String bigcacheManagerName = 'default', Closure closure) { null }
    public <T> T withBigcache(String bigcacheManagerName = 'default', CallableWithArgs<T> callable) { null }

This implementation may be used in the following way

class MyServiceTests extends GriffonUnitTestCase {
    void testSmokeAndMirrors() {
        MyService service = new MyService()
        BigcacheEnhancer.enhance(service.metaClass, new MyBigcacheProvider())
        // exercise service methods