Retracing Step 45 – Using a JavaScript Object as the Cache

I’m grateful to reader ‘Legend’ who suggested that I use a JavaScript object as a cache rather than a set of variables. So my cache would look like this:

var cache = new Object();
cache['cmi.core.lesson_location'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.credit'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.lesson_status'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.entry'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.exit'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.total_time'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.session_time'] = '';
cache['cmi.suspend_data'] = '';
cache['cmi.launch_data'] = '';
cache['adlcp:masteryscore'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.score.raw'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.student_id'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.student_name'] = '';
cache['cmi.core._children'] = '';
cache['cmi.core.score._children'] = '';

This is what I – being brought up on perl and then PHP – would think of as an ‘associative array’. And it’s going to be MUCH easier to manage than my previous way of doing things – no need to translate the variable names. So please ignore my previous post.

Next time – modifying the LMSSetValue() and LMSGetValue() API calls to interact with the cache.

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