Getting Data from Memcached in C# (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The get operation in Memcached is useful when you want to retrieve a value associated with a particular key from the cache. This is commonly used in scenarios such as:

  1. Retrieving session data for a logged-in user.
  2. Fetching cached query results to improve performance.

Code Examples

You can use EnyimMemcached, a popular .NET client for Memcached. If it's not installed, you can add it using NuGet Package Manager.

Here's how you can retrieve a value from Memcached:

using Enyim.Caching; using Enyim.Caching.Memcached; MemcachedClient client = new MemcachedClient(); string key = "user:123"; object cachedObject = client.Get(key); if (cachedObject != null) { Console.WriteLine($"Retrieved object: {cachedObject}"); } else { Console.WriteLine("No matching key found in cache."); }

In this example, we create a MemcachedClient object and use its Get method to fetch the object associated with "user:123". If an object with that key exists in the cache, it will be returned; otherwise, null is returned.

Best Practices

  1. Always check if the returned value is null. This means there's no item with such a key in the cache.
  2. Avoid storing sensitive information in the cache unless necessary as it is not secure storage.

Common Mistakes

  1. Assuming that a cached value will always be available. Items in Memcached are evicted when memory runs low, using a Least Recently Used (LRU) strategy.
  2. Serializing complex objects to store in the cache, when only a small part of these objects is needed. This can cause unnecessary load on both the network and Memcached.


Q: What happens if the key does not exist in the cache? A: The method will return null.

Q: Can I store complex objects (like lists or dictionaries) in Memcached? A: Yes, Memcached can store any kind of object, but remember that they must be serializable and deserializable.

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