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From Geoff Howard <>
Subject Re: Backend cache invalidation
Date Fri, 23 May 2003 14:07:10 GMT
I've been waiting for this to come back up. I did a similar implementation 
in the past using JMS.  I made an avalon component that subscribed to JMS 
events that could then be published by some back end process (in my case it 
was java stored procedures called on update, etc in oracle).  The listener 
then interpreted the messages and located keys in the cache.  Would that 
work as a start?

I could probably re-create that fairly quickly if you're interested.


At 09:42 AM 5/23/2003, you wrote:
>It seems to me that this must be a classic Cocoon problem, but I really
>haven't found any discussion of it or how to solve it:
>We have a generator that creates some content (from a database via EJBs)
>that for 99.99% of the time is unchanging.  Every once and a while an end
>user (with admin rights) will make a change to this content and immediately
>expect all users to be able to see the changes upon a subsequent refresh of
>the relevant screen.  The content is expensive to generate and it makes
>sense to cache it.  We could in fact cache it once and for ever if we didn't
>have the occasional update.
>Is there currently any way to have the back end signal to Cocoon that a
>particular cache item needs to be invalidated?  We're thinking of building a
>MX Bean listener that would register itself with a common proxy super class
>for all EJBs.  Then upon successful insert or update on the back end the
>proxy classes would signal the listener to blow away the particular cache
>entry.  Essentially this would be something like a
>BackEndListenerCacheValidty (or BackEndCheckingCacheValidity although it
>doesn't really check) class.  Does this make sense? Does Cocoon or anyone
>have anything like this already?
>Peter Hunsberger
><Debating on whether to unleash the following Russell quote on the
>The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists -
>that is why they invented hell.
>Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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