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Need micro caching? Memoization to the rescue

Caching solves wide sort of performance problems. There are many ways to integrate caching into our applications. For example when we use Spring there is easy to use @Cacheable support. Quite easy but we still have to configure cache manager, cache regions, etc. Sometimes it's unfortunately like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. So what can we do to "go lighter"? There is a technique called  memoization . Technically it's as easy as pie but true genius lies in simplicity. Model solution looks as follows: public Foo getValue() { if (storedValue == null) { storedValue = retrieveFoo(); } return storedValue; } As you can see there is no problem in implementing it manually, but as long as we remember about DRY rule we can use already implemented solutions which additionally provides thread safety. Pretty good idea is to use  Guava  library. // create Supplier<Foo> memoizer = Suppliers.memoize(this::retrieveFoo); // and use Foo variable = memoizer.