Using MySQL and memcached with Java

The com.danga.MemCached class within Java provides a native interface to memcached instances. You can obtain the client from http://whalin.com/memcached/. The Java class uses hashes that are compatible with libmemcached, so you can mix and match Java and libmemcached applications accessing the same memcached instances. The serialization between Java and other interfaces are not compatible. If this is a problem, use JSON or a similar nonbinary serialization format.

On most systems you can download the package and use the jar directly.

To use the com.danga.MemCached interface, you create a MemCachedClient instance and then configure the list of servers by configuring the SockIOPool. Through the pool specification you set up the server list, weighting, and the connection parameters to optimized the connections between your client and the memcached instances that you configure.

Generally you can configure the memcached interface once within a single class and then use this interface throughout the rest of your application.

For example, to create a basic interface, first configure the MemCachedClient and base SockIOPool settings:

public class MyClass {

    protected static MemCachedClient mcc = new MemCachedClient();

    static {
        String[] servers =
        Integer[] weights = { 1 };
        SockIOPool pool = SockIOPool.getInstance();
        pool.setServers( servers );
        pool.setWeights( weights );

In the above sample, the list of servers is configured by creating an array of the memcached instances that you want to use. You can then configure individual weights for each server.

The remainder of the properties for the connection are optional, but you can set the connection numbers (initial connections, minimum connections, maximum connections, and the idle timeout) by setting the pool parameters:

pool.setInitConn( 5 );
pool.setMinConn( 5 );
pool.setMaxConn( 250 );
pool.setMaxIdle( 1000 * 60 * 60 * 6 

Once the parameters have been configured, initialize the connection pool:


The pool, and the connection to your memcached instances should now be ready to use.

To set the hashing algorithm used to select the server used when storing a given key you can use pool.setHashingAlg():

pool.setHashingAlg( SockIOPool.NEW_COMPAT_HASH );

Valid values are NEW_COMPAT_HASH, OLD_COMPAT_HASH and NATIVE_HASH are also basic modula hashing algorithms. For a consistent hashing algorithm, use CONSISTENT_HASH. These constants are equivalent to the corresponding hash settings within libmemcached.

Java com.danga.MemCached MethodEquivalent to
get()Generic get()
getMulti(keys)Get the values of multiple keys, returning the information as Hash map using java.lang.String for the keys and java.lang.Object for the corresponding values.
set()Generic set()
add()Generic add()
replace()Generic replace()
delete()Generic delete()
incr()Generic incr()
decr()Generic decr()
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