Develop and Conquer

Spring 3.1 supports a new cache abstraction layer which allows you to implement caching in a web application beyond the L2 and query cache in Hibernate. This blog provides a quick walkthrough on how to setup and apply caching  in your codes using Spring and Ehcache.

Getting the jars

First, we need to add the spring context support and ehcache jar files to the project. I am using Maven and include the following dependencies in the pom file:



Configure Spring

As with any other Spring components, we need to configure some beans in a XML file. At a minimum, we will need the followings:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<beans xmlns=””

<cache:annotation-driven cache-manager=”cacheManager”/>

<bean id=”cacheManager”>
<property name=”cacheManager” ref=”ehcache”/>

<!– Ehcache library setup –>
<bean id=”ehcache”
<property name=”configLocation” value=”classpath:ehcache.xml”/>


Caching is setup…

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