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NAME ^

Cache::Moustache - you'd have to be insane to use a module called Cache::Moustache, wouldn't you?

SYNOPSIS ^

  my $cache = Cache::Moustache->new;
  $cache->set($key, $object);
  
  # later ...
  $object = $cache->get($key);

DESCRIPTION ^

If you subscribe to the worse-is-better philosophy, then this is quite possibly the best cache module available on CPAN. It's the kind of module a five-year-old might write if you gave them a project to write a caching module. Not a particularly gifted five-year-old.

It provides an interface similar to CHI, Cache::Cache and other commonly-used caching modules. Thus, via polymorphism, Cache::Moustache objects can often (if you're lucky) be used when one of those is expected.

Why would you want to use such a dumb module instead of something brilliant like CHI? Because Cache::Moustache is pretty fast, has a low memory footprint (except for the memory required to store the cached objects), and has no dependencies. I didn't say "no non-core dependencies"; I said no dependencies. This thing doesn't even use strict. It's basically just a hashref with methods.

I would have called it Cache::Tiny, but then people might have been tempted to actually use it.

Constructor

new(%options)

Called as a class method returns a shiny new cache. Called as an object (instance) method, just returns $self.

Supported options:

default_expires_in

The length of time (in seconds) before a cached value should be considered expired. The default is an hour. If you specify -1, then things will never expire. If you specify 0, that's dumb, so Cache::Moustache will assume that you meant an hour.

clone_references

If true, then Cache::Moustache will clone any references you ask it to cache. This feature uses the dclone function from Storable, so violates Cache::Moustache's "no dependencies" rule. Yeah, we're so cool we don't even follow our own rules!

This slows down the cache, so don't use it unless you have to. (I only added this feature to pass some test cases, I don't actually want to use it myself.)

Methods

set($key, $value, $expires_in)

Stores something in the cache. $expires_in is an optional argument that allows you to override default_expires_in. You can use strings like "3 minutes" like what Cache::Cache supports, but I don't recommend it.

Cache::Moustache uses keys beginning with "~~~~" for its own internal purposes. If you try to store a value with a key like that, no error will be thrown, but it will not be stored; the value will effectively expire instantly.

get($key)

Retrieve the value associated with a key (unless it's expired).

remove($key)

Removes a key/value pair from the cache. Returns the number of pairs removed (one or none).

clear

Empty everything from the cache. Returns the number of key/value pairs removed.

purge

Remove any expired key/value pairs from the cache. Returns the number of pairs removed.

size

Returns the number of items in the cache (including expired items that have not been purged). Note that unlike Cache::Cache and CHI, it does not return the total size of all items in bytes.

size

Returns the number of items in the cache (including expired items that have not been purged). Note that unlike Cache::Cache and CHI, it does not return the total size of all items in bytes.

get_keys

Returns the keys of the items in the cache (including expired items that have not been purged).

isa($class)

Returns true if $class is one of 'Cache::Moustache', 'Cache', 'Cache::Cache', 'Cache::FastMmap', 'Cache::Ref', 'CHI' or 'Mojo::Cache'.

In other words, it tells great big porky pie lies.

Calling any other method returns nothing, but does not die.

BUGS ^

Please report any bugs to http://rt.cpan.org/Dist/Display.html?Queue=Cache-Moustache.

SEE ALSO ^

CHI, Cache::Cache, http://www.worldbeardchampionships.com/.

AUTHOR ^

Toby Inkster <tobyink@cpan.org>.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE ^

This software is copyright (c) 2012 by Toby Inkster.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES ^

THIS PACKAGE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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