Append Operation in Memcached using Golang (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

In Golang, the append operation in Memcached is used when you want to append data to an existing key. This can be useful in situations where you need to add additional information to a value without overwriting the previous data.

Code Examples

To use Memcached in your Go application, you will first need to install a compatible client library, such as "". Here is a simple code example that demonstrates how to append to a key in Memcached.

First, we'll start by setting up a connection to our Memcached server and setting a value for a key:

package main import ( "log" "" ) func main() { mc := memcache.New("") err := mc.Set(&memcache.Item{Key: "foo", Value: []byte("bar")}) if err != nil { log.Fatal(err) } }

Next, we'll append some data to our existing key:

err = mc.Append(&memcache.Item{Key: "foo", Value: []byte("-appended")}) if err != nil { log.Fatal(err) }

After running this code, the value of "foo" in the Memcached server will be "bar-appended".

Best Practices

There are a few best practices to consider when working with Memcached in Golang:

  1. Error Handling: Always handle errors returned from Memcached operations. This allows you to avoid unexpected behavior or crashes in your application.
  2. Connections: Reuse Memcached connections rather than creating a new one for each operation. This improves the performance of your application.
  3. Key Limit: Memcached limits key length to 250 bytes. Ensure your keys are short and descriptive.

Common Mistakes

  1. Not checking if a key exists before appending. The append operation will fail if the key doesn't exist, so it's recommended to always check first.
  2. Not handling the case when the Memcached server is down or unreachable. Your application should be designed to handle such scenarios gracefully.


Q: Can I prepend data to a key in Memcached? A: Yes, you can prepend and append data to a key in Memcached using the Prepend and Append functions respectively.

Q: What happens if I try to append data to a non-existing key? A: The Append operation will fail if you attempt to append data to a key that does not exist in Memcached.

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