General Notes

Very nice tutorial for rails 2.1 caching.

API references: Fragments, Sweepers, the Store

Post how to move the page cache in a folder with some server examples

Observing Controllers with Sweepers

Here is described how you can use the Sweepers to observe controller actions. I totaly agree that the documenation is very bad on the sweepers and it is like a rule book of MTG than usefull rdoc.

Here is what I have found on the naming of the callbacks.

Checking the source code in sweeping.rb shows that the callbacks that are used for the controller are constructed in this way:

controller_callback_method_name = "#{timing}_#{controller.controller_name.underscore}"
action_callback_method_name = "#{controller_callback_method_name}_#{controller.action_name}"

This means that the method which will be called in the sweeper will be named

  • after/before_user – for the controller UserController
  • after/before_user_login – for the action login in the controller UserController

Here is an example.

class Dagens::UserController < Dagens::BaseController
  cache_sweeper DagensAgentSweeper, :only => [:do_login, :do_delete_account, :do_logout]
  def do_login

class DagensAgentSweeper < ActionController::Caching::Sweeper
  observe DagensAgent

  def after_user_do_login
    puts "after do login \n \n \n \n \n \n \n "

Skipping callbacks from an observer

I know that it is not good idea, but some times there is no time/way to do skip it. I have found a plugin and this post here. I have choose to use the second one in my project. Here is the example

class DagensAgentSweeper < ActionController::Caching::Sweeper
  observe DagensAgent

  def self.skip_callback(callback, &block)
    method = instance_method(callback)
    remove_method(callback) if respond_to?(callback)
    define_method(callback) { true }
    result = yield
    define_method(callback, method)

And later in the controller….model…

      DagensAgentSweeper.skip_callback(:after_update) do
        @agent.shown_times += 1


Some patches on the timed_fragment_cache plugin.

Note how Jolyon Says suggest to expire the cache when you have time zone : when_fragment_expired ‘tags_home_page’, + 10.minutes do

I have notice that timed_fragment_cache (or the patch) have a problem with expiring the cache from the controller. In the documenation it is stated that it is ok to expire the cache only in the controller with

when_fragment_expired  "_last_update", + 1.minutes  do

and there is no need to expire it in the view, but you MUST expire it in the view.

cache "_last_update" do

must be

cache "_last_update", + 1.minutes  do