ASP.NET MVC Extensible Donut Caching brings donut caching to ASP.NET MVC 3 and later. The code allows you to cache all of your page apart from one or more Html.Actions which can be executed every request. Perfect for user specific content.
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ASP.NET MVC Extensible Donut Caching

ASP.NET MVC Extensible Donut Caching brings donut caching to ASP.NET MVC 3 and later. The code allows you to cache all of your page apart from one or more Html.Actions which can be executed every request. Perfect for user specific content.

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The best way to add donut caching to your MVC project is to use the NuGet package. From within Visual Studio, select Tools | Library Package Manager and then choose either Package Manager Console or Manage NuGet Packages. Via the console, just type install-package MvcDonutCaching and hit return. From the GUI, just search for MvcDonutCaching and click the install button.

Usage

The package adds several overloads to the built-in Html.Action HTML helper. The extra parameter in each overload is named excludeFromParentCache. Set this to true for any action that should not be cached, or should have a different cache duration from the rest of the page.

@Html.Action("Login", "Account", true)

The package also include a DonutOutputCacheAttribute to be used in place of the built-in OutputCacheAttribute. This attribute is typically placed on every controller action that needs be be cached.

You can either specify a fixed duration:

[DonutOutputCache(Duration = "300")]
public ActionResult Index()
{
	return View();
}

Or, use a cache profile:

[DonutOutputCache(CacheProfile = "FiveMins")]
public ActionResult Index()
{
  	return View();
}

If you are using cache profiles, be sure to configure the profiles in the web.config. Add the following within the system.web element:

<caching>
  <outputCacheSettings>
    <outputCacheProfiles>
      <add name="FiveMins" duration="300" varyByParam="*" />
    </outputCacheProfiles>
  </outputCacheSettings>
</caching>

You can also configure the output cache to use a custom provider:

<caching>
  <outputCache defaultProvider="DistributedCacheProvider">
    <providers>
      <add name="DistributedCacheProvider" type="DevTrends.Example.DistributedCacheProvider" />
    </providers>
  </outputCache>
</caching>

Note, that a custom provider is not included with this project but you can write one fairly easily by subclassing System.Web.Caching.OutputCacheProvider. A number of implementations are also available on the web.

More Information

A comprehensive guide to MVC Extensible Donut Caching is now available on the DevTrends Blog.