How to Quickly Use NCache with NHibernate?

Using NCache with your NHibernate application is a multi-step process.

1. Install and configure NCache on app servers

Installing and configuring NCache can be summarized into these steps:

  1. Install NCache on all app server & cache servers
  2. Create a cache cluster
  3. Configure remote clients
  4. Test the cache cluster
  5. For more details, watch a 7-minute NCache video on Five Steps to Getting Started.

2. Configure NCache as Level-2 Provider

To enable NCache as Level-2 provider for NHibernate, add the following lines to your app.config or web.config file:


    < hibernate - configuration > 
        ...
          < session - factory > 
          ...
          < property name = " cache.provider_class " > 
          Alachisoft.NCache.Integrations.NHibernate.Cache.NCacheProvider, 
          Alachisoft.NCache.Integrations.NHibernate.Cache
          </ property > 
          </ session - factory > 
          </ hibernate - configuration > 

3. Specify NCache properties for NHibernate

Now that you've configured NCache to become a Level-2 provider for NHibernate, you need to provide some NCache specific properties. These properties help NCache work with your application.


       < configSections > 
          ...
          < section name = " ncache " 
          type = " Alachisoft.NCache.Integrations.NHibernate.Cache.NCacheSection, 
          Alachisoft.NCache.Integrations.NHibernate.Cache " /> 
          </ configSections > 

The above lines specify an "ncache" section for your config file. Now specify NCache properties in this "ncache" section.


    < ncache > 
        <! —">default " regionis  used if  no other regions are specified.  --> 
        < region name = " default " > 
        < add key = " cacheName "  value = " myCache " /> 
        < add key = " enableCacheException "  value = " false " /> 
        </ region > 
  
        <! — see docs for  custom regions  &  db - synchronization properties.  --> 
        </ ncache > 

There are more NCache properties if you want to synchronize the cache with your database. See product documentation for more details.

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