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Today’s high-traffic web sites must implement performance-boosting measures that cut down data processing and reduce load on the database, while increasing the speed of content delivery. One such method is the use of a cache to temporarily store whole pages, database recordsets, large objects, and sessions. While many caching mechanisms exist, memcached provides one of the fastest and easiest-to-use caching servers. This talk will cover memcached and the memcache extension for PHP from setting up a memcached server to using it to provide a variety of caching solutions, including the use of memcached as a session data store.
While all examples will be given in PHP, the caching principles illustrated using memcached should also apply to other programming languages.
Ben Ramsey is a Software Architect at Schematic, where, with over ten years of Web development experience, he is a leader in the Open Source Platforms Group, designing and developing quality software, setting and enforcing best practices, and training and mentoring software developers.
Ben is also a leader in the PHP community. He founded and organizes the Atlanta PHP user group, is the founder of the PHP Groups user group network, is a founding principal of the PHP Security Consortium, and is an original member of the PHPCommunity.org project, which lives on today as the #phpc IRC channel. Ben also speaks at industry conferences around the world.
Putting his B.A. in English to good use, Ben has written numerous articles for php|architect, International PHP Magazine, and Zend Developer Zone and has lent his writing talents to several books, including php|architect’s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide (php|architect) and PHP 5 Unleashed (Sams).