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Caching between pages via memcached
Web2 and caching example from a Well House Consultants training course
More on Web2 and caching [link]

This example is described in the following article(s):
   • memcached - overview, installation, example of use in PHP - [link]

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Source code: cademo.php Module: H307

# Record number to look up
$calledfor floor($_REQUEST[calledfor] + 0); // force numeric integer!
$calledfor or $calledfor rand(3006,3012); // Fallback value!

# The database accessor is used if we do NOT have data in cache
function dbfetch ($recno) {
$c mysql_connect("","wellho","xxxxxxxx");
$qr mysql_query("select iid,filename,descriptor ".
"from im_library where iid = $recno",$c);
$row mysql_fetch_assoc($qr);
$value "$row[filename] $row[descriptor]";
        return (

$memcache = new Memcache;
if (
$memcache->connect(''11211)) {
$q "connected (memcache daemon is running)";
        if (
$gotten $memcache->get("demo:$calledfor")) {
### Daemon running and provided data from cache
$say "key $calledfor retrieved from memcached";
        } else {
### Daemon running but it was NOT cached
$say "key $calledfor from database (was NOT cached)";
# Never mind - fetch it and store for next time!
$gotten dbfetch($calledfor);
} else {
### No Daemon running - just fetch from database!
$q "failed (sorry - daemon is not running)";
$say "key $calledfor fetched from database";
$gotten .= dbfetch($calledfor);
# No point in trying to save it - cacher isn't running!

# Following code is common code whatever the source!
# and represents the application

$parts explode(" ",$gotten) ;
$imgname array_shift($parts);
$imgtag "<img src=http://www.wellho.net/pix/$imgname>";
$text htmlspecialchars(implode(" ",$parts));
<style type="text/css">
h1 {
        font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
        font-size: 36px;
        font-weight: bold;
        color: #CC00CC;
.tabtext {
        font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
        font-size: 12px;
        color: #004400;
<title>Memcache demonstration in PHP</title>
--- daemon connect status: <?= $q ?> ---<br>
--- <?= $say ?> ---<br>
--- value is: <?= $gotten ?> ---</center><hr>
<h1>Caching database queries in memory in PHP</h1>
<table class=tabtext><tr><td valign=top>
<?= $imgtag ?><br>
<b><?= $text ?></b>
</td><td valign=top>
If you have a busy server with repeated database queries,
you may wish to use the <b>memcached</b> daemon.  This
service allows you to store a query's results in memory
(and even to share the cache between computers) so that
you don't have to keep repeating SQL and disc accesses.
Memcached is used on many very busy sites - it's ideal
for blog articles (where the recent ones will be cached),
images, and so on.
This is a demonstration of memcached in use, via a PHP
web page.  It's provided by Well House Consultants who
cover such topics on their
<a href=http://www.wellho.net/course/ptfull.html>PHP
techniques workshop</a> or on private courses.
You are also very welcome to view the source code (link
below) and read a little more about it in our blog
<a href=http://www.wellho.net/mouth/1733_memcached.html>here</a>.
The home page of memcached is
<a href=http://www.danga.com/memcached/>here</a>.


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