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.


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.

  • I agree with all of this (and I also would have said entry). – John Bartholomew Jan 30 '12 at 18:13
  • "...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

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.


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


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

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