HTTP Cache Expiration
HTTP Cache Expiration¶
The expiration model is the most efficient and straightforward of the two caching models and should be used whenever possible. When a response is cached with an expiration, the cache returns it directly without hitting the application until the cached response expires.
The expiration model can be accomplished using one of two, nearly identical,
Expiration with the
Most of the time, you will use the
Cache-Control header. Recall that the
Cache-Control header is used to specify many different cache directives:
// Sets the number of seconds after which the response // should no longer be considered fresh $response->setSharedMaxAge(600);
Cache-Control header would take on the following format (it may have
Cache-Control: public, s-maxage=600
Expiration with the
An alternative to the
Cache-Control header is
Expires. There's no advantage
or disadvantage to either: they're just different ways to set expiration caching
on your response.
According to the HTTP specification, "the
Expires header field gives
the date/time after which the response is considered stale." The
header can be set with the
Response method. It takes a
DateTime instance as an argument:
$date = new DateTime(); $date->modify('+600 seconds'); $response->setExpires($date);
The resulting HTTP header will look like this:
Expires: Thu, 01 Mar 2011 16:00:00 GMT
setExpires() method automatically converts the date to the GMT
timezone as required by the specification.
Note that in HTTP versions before 1.1 the origin server wasn't required to
Date header. Consequently, the cache (e.g. the browser) might
need to rely on the local clock to evaluate the
Expires header making
the lifetime calculation vulnerable to clock skew. Another limitation
Expires header is that the specification states that "HTTP/1.1
servers should not send
Expires dates more than one year in the future."
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