Java Memcached Get (Detailed Guide w/ Code Examples)

Use Case(s)

The get method in Java with Memcached is commonly used when you want to retrieve the value of a specific key from a Memcached server. This is useful for applications that need to share and cache data amongst different nodes or services.

Code Examples

Here's a simple example of how you might use the get method in Java with Memcached using the spymemcached library:

// Importing required libraries import net.spy.memcached.MemcachedClient; // Setup: MemcachedClient mcc = new MemcachedClient(new InetSocketAddress(\"localhost\", 11211)); // Storing data: mcc.set(\"someKey\", 900, \"Some value\"); // Set a value for 15 minutes // Reading data: Object value = mcc.get(\"someKey\"); System.out.println(\"Stored string in memcached - \" + value);

In the above example, we first set up a connection to the Memcached server running on localhost at port 11211. We then store a key-value pair ('someKey'-'Some value') lasting 900 seconds (15 minutes). Using the get method, we can retrieve the stored value by its key 'someKey'.

Best Practices

  1. Always handle potential failures when calling get. The call to get can throw exceptions if it can't connect to Memcached, or if there's an error in deserializing the object.

  2. When storing complex objects or structures, consider serialization methods carefully to avoid issues during retrieval.

  3. Don't rely solely on Memcached for data storage as it's not persistent and values could be evicted when memory is full.

Common Mistakes

Not handling null values: If the key isn't in the cache, get will return null. If your application doesn't handle null values correctly, it might cause NullPointerException.


1. What to do when I get a null value from Memcached?

A null value indicates that the key does not exist in the cache. This could be because the value hasn't been set yet, the key has expired, or the value was evicted due to memory pressure on the server. Your application should handle this by loading the value from the original data source (e.g., a database).

2. Is Memcached data persistent?

No, Memcached is not a persistent data store, and it does not provide guarantees about data durability. Data stored in Memcached can be lost at any time due to server restarts, memory pressure, or other factors.

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