Golang Memcached Gets (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The 'golang memcached gets' command is typically used to retrieve values from a Memcached server in a Go language environment. It's common when you need to extract data that was previously stored in the cache, particularly for improving the performance of data-heavy or high-traffic applications.

Code Examples

Here is an example of how to use 'memcached gets' in Golang:

package main import ( "fmt" "github.com/bradfitz/gomemcache/memcache" ) func main() { mc := memcache.New("localhost:11211") // Set a value first mc.Set(&memcache.Item{Key: "foo", Value: []byte("bar")}) // Now get it back it, err := mc.Get("foo") if err != nil { fmt.Println(err) return } fmt.Println(string(it.Value)) // Outputs: bar }

In this example, we first connect to a Memcached server running on localhost at port 11211. We then set a value with key "foo" and value "bar". Following this, we use the Get method to retrieve this value. The retrieved value is printed out, and if there were any errors during the GET operation, those would be printed too.

Best Practices

  1. Always handle errors returned by the Get method. Network operations can fail unpredictably and error handling will help debugging issues.
  2. Make sure the keys used in Memcached are unique and are structured in a way that best suits your application's needs.

Common Mistakes

  1. Not handling the possibility of the item not being found in the cache. If the item is not found, mc.Get("foo") will return an error which should be handled.
  2. Using very long keys or large data values. Memcached limits key length and value size.


Q: What happens if the Memcached server is not available or down? A: The Get method would return an error. It's important to handle such errors in your application code and decide on a suitable action like retrying or fetching from the original data source.

Q: How can I connect to multiple servers? A: You can provide a list of server addresses when creating a new Memcached client: memcache.New("", "", "").

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