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As Web applications become more and more complex, cleverdevelopers can use application-level caching to improve the performanceof their PHP scripts. This article shows you how, discussing the PEARCache_Lite class with examples that illustrate how it can be used in alive environment.

  1. Caching With PHP Cache_Lite
  2. The Food Chain
  3. Return Of The Jedi
  4. Digging Deeper
  5. In And Out
  6. Bits And Bytes
  7. No News Is Good News
  8. Cache Cow
  9. Endgame
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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June 06, 2003

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Here's another, more realistic example, which caches a database result set and uses the cached set in order to reduce the time spent on executing subsequent queries for the same data. The result set is obtained via a function called get_headlines(), converted into a PHP array and cached using the call() method of the Cache_Lite_Function class.


// returns an array of headlines from a database

function get_headlines()


// open connection to database

$connection = mysql_connect("localhost", "joe", "secret")
or die ("Unable to connect!");

mysql_select_db("db111") or die ("Unable to select database!");

// formulate and execute query

$query = "SELECT headline FROM news ORDER BY timestamp DESC";

$result = mysql_query($query) or die("Error in query: " . mysql_error());

// iterate over result set and create array

while ($row = mysql_fetch_object($result))


$arr[] = $row->headline;


// close connection


// return array of records

return $arr;


// include the class


// configure the cache

$options = array(

'cacheDir' => 'cache/',

'lifeTime' => 600


// create an instance of the Cache_Lite_Function object $objCache = new Cache_Lite_Function($options);

// cache the call to the get_headlines() function

// if return value is present in cache,

// Cache_Lite_Function will fetch it from the cache

// else the function will be called and the result returned $data = $objCache->call('get_headlines');

// iterate over return value and print elements

echo "<ul>";

foreach($data as $h)


echo "<li>$h";


echo "</ul>";


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