Cross-client memcached compatibility

Tomash Brechko tomash.brechko at
Wed Jan 30 10:34:53 UTC 2008

On Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 10:04:28 +0000, Ciaran wrote:
> Even this (string, integer and floating point [byte-array also?] ), would be
> a better state-of-affairs for people who are working with the cache in a
> mixed platform (as I currently am!)

No doubt.  Actually my post where I gone into serialization details is
a bit off.  The whole matter is simply not relevant to this list.

The only thing the client author should provide is serialization
hooks.  When user asks to serialize the data, the client calls
serialize hook, and rises SERIALIZED flag.  When some other client
sees SERIALIZED flag set, it calls deserialize hook before returning
the data to the user.  And it's up to the user to use consistent
serialization methods.

It works exactly this way for current (not all?) clients, the only
addition is that by default they set these hooks to serialization
library that comes with the language.  But this doesn't mean that they
are fixed on a particular serialization method that we have to

Thus, if one knows a library (or wrote one himself) that may serialize
across different platforms, and has bindings (APIs) to languages in
question, the user would simply hook it into his clients, that's all.
So the question is whether there's such a library that binds to
sufficient number of languages?  But that has nothing to do with the
clients themselves...

   Tomash Brechko

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