Back to dictionary

Cache Tags & Locking

Cache Tags & Locking is a crucial concept in web development, particularly when working with Laravel, one of the core components of the VILT stack. Understanding this concept can significantly enhance the performance and efficiency of your applications, including those created using Craftable PRO.

Caching, in general, is a technique used to store frequently accessed data in a 'cache' to speed up retrieval times. Cache Tags, specifically, are a feature of Laravel that allows you to tag related items in your cache. This means you can group related cache items and then invalidate or clear all those items at once. This is particularly useful when you have a set of cache items that are related and you want to clear them all when one changes. For instance, if you're managing a blog, you might tag all cached posts with a 'posts' tag. If a new post is added or an existing one is updated, you can easily clear all cached posts.

Locking, on the other hand, is a mechanism that prevents concurrent access to a shared resource. Laravel provides support for this through its cache locks. This can be useful in preventing race conditions, where two or more processes are trying to modify the same data simultaneously. For example, if you have an e-commerce application and two customers are trying to purchase the last item in stock at the same time, a race condition could occur. By implementing cache locking, you can ensure that only one process can access the shared resource at a time, preventing such issues.

When working with Craftable PRO, understanding and implementing Cache Tags & Locking can significantly improve the performance and reliability of your applications. Craftable PRO, with its Laravel foundation, provides built-in support for these features, making it easier for you to implement them in your applications. This, combined with other features like translations, roles and permissions management, media library, and 2FA, makes Craftable PRO a powerful tool for building robust, efficient, and secure web applications.