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Caching decorator and django cache backend with advanced invalidation ability and dog-pile effect prevention

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# django-cache-utils


django-cache-utils provides utils for make cache-related work easier:

* `cached` decorator. It can be applied to function, method or classmethod
and can be used with any django cache backend (built-in or third-party like

Supports fine-grained invalidation for exact parameter set (with any backend)
and bulk cache invalidation (only with ``group_backend``). Cache keys are
human-readable because they are constructed from callable's full name and
arguments and then sanitized to make memcached happy.

Wrapped callable gets ``invalidate`` methods. Call ``invalidate`` with
same arguments as function and the cached result for these arguments will be

* `group_backend`. It is a django memcached cache backend with group O(1)
invalidation ability, dog-pile effect prevention using MintCache algorythm
and project version support to allow gracefull updates and multiple django
projects on same memcached instance.
Long keys (>250) are auto-truncated and appended with md5 hash.

* `cache_utils.cache get`, `cache_utils.cache.set`, `cache_utils.delete` are wrappers
for the standard django cache get, set, delete calls. Implements additional logging
and support for non-string keys.

### Installation

$ pip install djcacheutils

and then (optional):

'default': {
'BACKEND': 'cache_utils.group_backend.CacheClass',

### Usage

`cached` decorator can be used with any django caching backend (built-in or third-party like django-newcache)::

from cache_utils.decorators import cached

def foo(x, y=0):
print 'foo is called'
return x+y

foo(1, 2) # foo is called
foo(1, 2)

foo(5, 6) # foo is called
foo(5, 6)

# Invalidation
foo.invalidate(1, 2)
foo(1, 2) # foo is called

# Force calculation
foo(5, 6)
foo.force_recalc(5, 6) # foo is called

foo(x=2) # foo is called

# Require cache
foo.require_cache(7, 8) # NoCachedValueException is thrown

The `@cached` decorator is also supported on class methods

class Foo(object):
def foo(self, x, y):
print "foo is called"
return x + y

obj = Foo(), 2) # foo is called, 2)

With ``group_backend`` `cached` decorator supports bulk O(1) invalidation::

from django.db import models
from cache_utils.decorators import cached

class CityManager(models.Manager):

# cache a method result. 'self' parameter is ignored
@cached(60*60*24, 'cities')
def default(self):

# cache a method result. 'self' parameter is ignored, args and
# kwargs are used to construct cache key
@cached(60*60*24, 'cities')
def get(self, *args, **kwargs):
return super(CityManager, self).get(*args, **kwargs)

class City(models.Model):
# ... field declarations

objects = CityManager()

# an example how to cache django model methods by instance id
def has_offers(self):
def offer_count(pk):
return self.offer_set.count()
return offer_count( > 0

# cache the function result based on passed parameter
@cached(60*60*24, 'cities')
def get_cities(slug)
return City.objects.get(slug=slug)

# cache for 'cities' group can be invalidated at once
def invalidate_city(sender, **kwargs):
pre_delete.connect(invalidate_city, City)
post_save.connect(invalidate_city, City)

You can force cache to be recalculated:

def calc_function(x, y):
return x*y

x = calc_function.force_recalc(x, y)

### Cache Keys

By default, django-cache-utils constructs a key based on the function name, line number, args, and kwargs. Example:

def foo(a1):

print foo.get_cache_key('test') # ==> '[cached]package.module:15(('test',))'

Note given the line-number is included in the cache key, simple tweaks to a module not releveant to the @cached function will create a new cache key (and thus upon release old cached items will not get hit).

In these instances, it's recommended to provide an explicit `key` kwarg argument to the `@cached` decorator.

@cached(60, key='foo')
def foo(a1):

print foo.get_cache_key('test') # ==> '[cached]foo(('test',))'

### Notes

If decorated function returns None cache will be bypassed.

django-cache-utils use 2 reads from memcached to get a value if 'group'
argument is passed to 'cached' decorator::

def foo(param)
return ..

@cached(60, 'my_group')
def bar(param)
return ..

# 1 read from memcached
value1 = foo(1)

# 2 reads from memcached + ability to invalidate all values at once
value2 = bar(1)

### Logging

Turn on `cache_utils` logger to DEBUG to log all cache set, hit, deletes.

### Running tests

$ python test

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