Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there a particular word that represents an individual item within a cache, particularly from a programming perspective?

Is item the best choice in this particular context? Or do you generally need to know the type of objects within a cache (i.e. [object] cache) to refer to them any other way? For example:

Weapon cache - contains individual weapons.

Entity cache - contains individual entities.

share|improve this question
add comment

4 Answers

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Not really - you already have two conflicting answers, and I would have said Entry myself.

A cache is just a container, and doesn't say much about what you put inside. Would you expect a common term for things in a bag?

If you have to refer to the items stored in the cache without describing (or repeating) their type, pick one of entry, value, item or similar, and just stick with it. It'll be clear enough.

share|improve this answer
    
I agree with all of this (and I also would have said entry). –  John Bartholomew Jan 30 '12 at 18:13
    
+1 for the bag analogy. That's the gist of it. –  JeffSahol Jan 30 '12 at 18:27
    
"...pick one of entry, value, item or similar" may not apply in most cases and therefore cannot "just stick with it". And you probably meant entity, not entry, which don't fit either. –  Kris Jan 31 '12 at 11:54
    
Nope, I definitely meant entry: from it's common use denoting an individual item in a list or table of data, it seems to generalise well to membership of an arbitrary container. –  Useless Jan 31 '12 at 12:01
add comment

Information or item. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache_algorithms

share|improve this answer
add comment

They are referred to as values in the implementations I'm familiar with.

share|improve this answer
add comment

The individual items in a cache may be called elements of the cache.

return cache->c_ops;
 * Return the first element in the cache  

return nl_list_entry(cache->c_items.next, struct nl_object, ce_list);
 * Return the last element in the cache

return nl_list_entry(cache->c_items.prev, struct nl_object, ce_list);
 * Return the next element in the cache 

return nl_list_entry(obj->ce_list.next, struct nl_object, ce_list);
 * Return the previous element in the cache

That may help.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.