I have a J2EE web application for reporting. When user logged in he/she can view a menu having different reports. Each report is associated with a filter page, where user can select some filter values and can view the report on the basis of selected filter values. The filter page is same for all reports. On the filter page there are select boxes into which values are populating from the database by running different queries for each select box (we says filter value). So, following steps are performing -
Connecting to Database
Setting returned records to bean
Display filter page by fetching records from bean
If user request for any other report, above steps are repeating again to populate filter page, which is obviously not a good design as connecting to database again and again is very expensive. So, I have decided to change the design.
I have decided to use OSCache to cache the filter values (Bean objects) at server (user�s session). So that, if user would go to see another report then a filter page with cached filter values will be presented to him/her. In this way we are not going to hit the database server again until user�s session expired.
I have gone through the documentation but still fighting to implement as the documentation, examples etc. are limited. I haven�t found any good example or help from the web.
I would appreciate if anybody helps me as it�s really urgent.
I have decided to use OSCache to cache the filter values (Bean objects) at server (user’s session).
Seems to me you should be caching "filter values" at an application level if there is any chance that more than one user needs the same values so using user's sessions is a bad idea. Duplicating objects in multiple sessions is wasteful of memory. Near as I can tell OSCache is designed to operate at the application level already.
I have already mentioned that the filter values are common for all reports (There are 10 reports for each user and each report is having same filter page and so same filter values). I would be thinking to cache filter values for a user so that, if he/she would select a report first time then, filter values would get populated from database and cache those value to the server, and for other requests user would see values from the cache.
Also, I would like to mention that filter page is common for all reports but not for all users. It means, if a filter value (say customer no.) is having values cust_1 and cust_2 for user_1, then these values would be same for all reports for user_1 but not necessarily for user_2.