Memcached is an important technology for back end developers to understand. It is a distributed memory caching system, primarily used to speed up web applications by reducing database load. It stores data in memory, allowing quicker access compared to traditional database-driven methods.

We just published a Memcached crash course on the Youtbue channel. This course, designed for both beginners and intermediate learners, delves into the architecture and design choices of Memcached. It provides practical hands-on experience with Docker, Telnet, and Node.js, making it an invaluable resource for anyone looking to enhance their web application performance. Hussein Nasser developed this course.

The course explains the key-value store mechanism of Memcached, emphasizing its simplicity and efficiency in handling web application data.

Course Highlights

  1. Understanding Memcached's Architecture: Deep insights into Memcached's design, including memory management and Least Recently Used (LRU) caching policy.
  2. Practical Demonstrations: Utilizing Docker for setting up a Memcached environment, Telnet for interaction, and Node.js for integrating Memcached into web applications.
  3. Advanced Concepts: Exploring threading, connections, read and write operations, collision handling, and locking mechanisms.
  4. Distributed Caching: Learning how Memcached enables distributed caching, enhancing scalability and performance.

Here are the sections in this course:

  • What is Memcached?
  • Memory management
  • LRU
  • Threading and Connections
  • Read Example
  • Write Example
  • Write and Read collisions
  • Locking
  • Distributed Cache
  • Memcached with Docker/Telnet/NodeJS
  • Spin up a Memcached Docker container and telnet
  • Memcached and NodeJS
  • Four Memached Servers with NodeJS
  • Summary

Why Memcached?

Memcached is essential for web developers looking to optimize application performance. It offers rapid data access and reduces database load, crucial for high-traffic websites. This course provides the necessary skills to implement Memcached effectively, ensuring a more responsive and efficient web application experience.


Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this course equips you with the knowledge to effectively implement and manage a Memcached system in your web applications.

Watch the full course on the YouTube channel (1-hour watch).