My intent is to use this object to cache data from web responses. The cache object should only be valid for the current data.

var myCache = {

        Cache: { Date: '', Data: [] },

        AddData: function(Name, Data){
            myCache.Cache.Data[Name] = Data;

        GetData: function(Name){
            return myCache.Cache.Data[Name];

        HasData: function(Name){
            var data = myCache.Cache.Data[Name];
            var val = true;
            if(typeof data === "undefined" || data == null || data === '') {
                val = false;
            return val;

        CheckCache: function(){

            var currentDate = myCache.GetCurrentDate();
            var CacheDate = myCache.Cache.Date;
            if(CacheDate != currentDate){
                console.log('Reset Cache');
                myCache.Cache.Data = [];
                myCache.Cache.Date = currentDate;

        GetCurrentDate: function(){
            var today = new Date();
            var dd = today.getDate();
            var mm = today.getMonth() + 1;
            var yyyy = today.getFullYear();
            if(dd < 10) {
                dd = '0' + dd;
            if(mm < 10) {
                mm = '0' + mm;
            var returnDate = yyyy + '-' + mm + '-' + dd;
            return returnDate;

When the main page loads I call


When I get data in the application I use the cache object as

   var data;
       data = myCache.GetData('UserData');
   } else{
       data = myWebApi.Get(Url);  

Is there a better way of creating a cache object? Or any suggestions of improvment

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    \$\begingroup\$ Your browser already has a cache. Why would you re-implement that? Just use HTTP standards-compliant 304 response codes with Etags. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dan
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 10:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, that is true. I want to re-implement it because I would like to se if it can be more efficient than just leaving it to the browser. \$\endgroup\$
    – Marcus H
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 11:38

1 Answer 1


There are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

Phil Karlton

I'd suggest leaving the job to the browser and to the experts that make it. Additionally, peppering your code with a lot of if-else just to use your cache is too much unnecessary effort really.

Now if you insist going in this route...

  • First, your function names. They're like from C# land. JavaScript usually uses camel case, with the very first letter in lower case.

  • There's no sense storing date in a formatted way. You can store it in milliseconds instead. You can get the current timestamp using Date.now().

  • Your cache tracks time globally, not on a per-item basis. This means there will be a period after wiping that you'll be loading stuff fresh instead of the cache.

  • An better way to clear an array is to set its length property to 0 instead of assigning another array.

  • You can take advantage of localStorage to cache content more persistently than just in memory. Note that localStorage has a size limit of 5-10Mb depending on the browser and it only stores strings (objects need be serialized first).

  • Instead of peppering your code with a lot of if-else operations, consider making a wrapper function for data-fetching mechanisms. Sort of like a decorator.

    function cacheWrapper(fn){
      var sourceId = generateIdForFn(fn);
      var isCached = MyCache.hasData(sourceId);
      return isCached ? MyCache.getData(sourceId) : fn();
    function() originalGetter{ return someRemoteApi.getData(); }
    var cachingGetter = cacheWrapper(originalGetter);
    var potentiallyCachedData = cachingGetter();
  • undefined == null. It's always best to use strict comparison to avoid ambiguity.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "An better way to clear an array is to set its length property to 0 instead of assigning another array." - Why is this a better way? One mutates the original array whereas the other lets it go out of scope and get GCed. Hopefully. I think I answered my own question there.. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dan
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 13:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ First of all, Thank u Joseph for the answer. You are very much correct when you say my code look c#ish :) The purpose of using a created cache is just to measure if I can win some time in any way. Mayby I'm in deep water but I got a lot of time to play around just to try:) I really like your wrapper idea, I will do some research on that part. \$\endgroup\$
    – Marcus H
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 5:20

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