Caching Now Points Away From HTML
Caching has risen from the dead over the past year. We at eWeek Labs now see it being used in very nontraditional waysCaching has risen from the dead over the past year. We at eWeek Labs now see it being used in very nontraditional ways, such as database and streaming-media caching, even while its traditional application, serving up static Web pages, starts to disappear. Database caching is just starting to enter the mainstream, with traditional database companies such as Oracle Corp. creating database caching engines for their own products (see Oracle9i Application Server Tech Analysis) and Versant Corp. reworking its own object database into a specialized cache for other vendors? databases.
There are big technical challenges getting database caching to work with applications that need to make updates because of the need to maintain transactional integrity, but this is an area where much progress is taking place.