Feb 21, 2016
Sep 28, 2017 (Retired)
Fran Riádigos (FranRiadigos)
guillermo.rojas (grojasv)
Fran Riádigos (FranRiadigos)
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Annotation Processor that aims to help developers to get an easy strategy for their repositories.

This is a Java library that can be imported both in Android or Java projects.


  • Fast implementation for each repository method.
  • Provides simple methods like isCached or isExpired.
  • Distinguish between different calls of the same method.
  • Provides the ability to store content on disk without the need of a database.


Latest stable version:

In order to generate the proxy classes when building your project, you need to apply the android-apt gradle plugin to run annotation processing.

If you are working with gradle, add the dependency to your build.gradle file:

    compile 'com.kuassivi.annotation:repository-cache:?.?.?'
    apt 'com.kuassivi.compiler:repository-cache-compiler:?.?.?'

If you are working with maven, do it into your pom.xml


How to:

Suppose you often define some contracts for your repositories. If so then you can annotate each of your methods with the RepositoryCache annotation and provide a time to expire.

Regular classes, not just interfaces, can be annotated as well.

Lets see an example:

public interface MyRepository {

    @RepositoryCache(DateUtils.MINUTE_IN_MILLIS * 60) // expiration time in ms.
    Object getDataById(int id);

Now build your project!

Once you have built the project, a new Java Proxy Class will be created in your build source apt folder.

The Proxy Class generated will looks like: RepositoryClassName + ProxyCache suffix.

For instance, MyRepositoryProxyCache.

Lets see how to use the Proxy Class:

public class MyRepositoryImpl implements MyRepository {

    public Object getDataById(int id) {
        // Gets an instance of the cached method
        RepositoryProxyCache cache = MyRepositoryProxyCache.getDataById(context.getCacheDir());
        // Ensure we are getting distinct cache instance per id. id ); // Optional
        // Checks whether it is cached and not expired.
        if (!cache.isExpired()) {
            // [...] proceed retrieving data from your local store (maybe a database)
        } else {
            // [...] otherwise proceed retrieving data from your cloud store (maybe a rest service)
            // Once you persist, it will store this method name with the specified id in the cache.
            if(!cache.isCached()) {


- Use always an Interface as a contract. It is much clean.

- You can cache a method indefinitely, simply do not put any time on the annotation.

- Remember you can distinguish between calls with an ID or any other logic through the select() method.

- You can i.e. store your content inside the cache with persist(String) if you are not planning to have a database. Just transform your Object from/to a Json string and retrieve that content later with getContent().

ProxyCache methods:

  • `select(Object)` - distinguish between different calls of the same method, the parameter should be any kind of an id of your choice.
  • `isCached()` - returns true if a method call is cached, false otherwise.
  • `isExpired()` - returns true if a method call is not cached or is expired, false otherwise.
  • `persist()` - stores a method call in the cache.
  • `persist(String)` - stores a method call in the cache with the provided content.
  • `getContent()` - retrieves the stored content of a specific method call.
  • `evict()` - removes a specific method call from the cache.

RepositoryCacheManager utilities:

  • `static hashMD5(String)` - generates a MD5 hash string of the provided String parameter.
  • `static hashCode(Object...)` - generates a hash code from the provided parameter objects.
  • `static evictAll(File)` - removes all cache repositories. You must provide the cache directory.


Copyright 2016 Francisco Gonzalez-Armijo Riádigos

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