Russian-Doll Caching in Laravel

Popularized in the Rails world, Russian Doll caching is an interesting approach, where you create nested fragment caches for your view logic. If you then link the keys for each of these cached items to the model's "updated at" timestamp, what you get is easy caching for your view logic, and automatic cachebusting whenever the model is updated.

In this series, we'll build a custom package from scratch to offer this very functionality.

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  • 01

    Episode 1 Run Time 3:26

    Overview and Homestead Setup Free

    Let's begin by learning what Russian Doll caching actually is, and then moving on to the initial project setup, where we install both Laravel and Homestead for the project.
  • 02

    Episode 2 Run Time 11:19

    We Need Something to Cache

    Before we can starting building our caching system, we first need some sample data to cache. So let's use this idea of an index card and notes. In this lesson, we'll build up the necessary route, models, and migrations.
  • 03

    Episode 3 Run Time 29:00

    Russian Doll Caching

    Now that we have all the setup out of the way, let's write a custom Blade directive so that we may begin implementing our Russian Doll caching mechanism.

    View the source code for this lesson (and the series so far) on GitHub.

  • 04

    Episode 4 Run Time 7:38

    Create a Package

    At this point, our experiment is working. However, for any new project, we'd have to copy all these files over. Gross. Let's instead begin creating a reusable package, which we can then pull in through Composer.
  • 05

    Episode 5 Run Time 32:12

    Refactoring and Testing

    Before we make this package available on, let's do some refactoring and write some tests. As you'll find, these tests might drive us toward a slightly different design. Let's see!
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    Episode 6 Run Time 10:40

    How to Use Local Packages in Laravel

    So far, we've been building our package in isolation. But, of course, we need to try this out within the context of an actual Laravel project. How exactly do we do that? Well, as it turns out, we can install local repositories with Composer quite easily. In this lesson, we'll do our final tweaks in preparation for
  • 07

    Episode 7 Run Time 3:30

    Registering With Packagist

    The initial version of our package is ready to release. Naturally, there are a number of improvements we can make, but what we have so far is good enough for a 0.1.0 release. So let's register our package with

    View the source code for this package on GitHub. Please note that further commits will have been made to the repo, since the release of this video. Have a look at the commit history to review any specifics that interest you.