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An outline of how to de-dupe remote service calls in Play.
// Put this filter early in your filter chain so it can initialize and clean up
// the cache
object CacheFilter extends Filter {
def apply(next: RequestHeader => Future[Result])(request: RequestHeader): Future[Result] = {
def init = RestClient.initCacheForRequest(request)
def cleanup = RestClient.cleanupCacheForRequest(request)
// You have to be very careful with error handling to garauntee the cache gets cleaned
// up, or you'll have a memory leak.
try {
next(request).map { result =>
}.recover { case t: Throwable =>
// Log or re-throw the exception
} catch {
case t: Throwable =>
// Log or re-throw the exception
object ExampleUsage extends Controller {
def index = Action { implicit request =>
// These two calls should be de-duped, so only one remote call
// is actually made.
val future1 = RestClient.get("")
val future2 = RestClient.get("")
for {
foo1 <- future1
foo2 <- future2
} yield {
// ...
// This is a client you use everywhere in your code to make REST requests.
// It will de-dupe read requests so you never perform the same HTTP GET more
// than once for the same user.
// Note that this caching strategy can be used with *any* remote protocol, not
// just HTTP/REST. The only thing you need is:
// 1. A way to tell if it's safe to use the cache
// 2. A way to tell if two requests are identical
// For example, for REST:
// 1. Any GET should be cacheable.
// 2. Two GETs with identical URLs are equal.
object RestClient {
// Basicaly a ConcurrentHashMap from request id => a cache of service calls made
// while processing that request.
// For the Cache class, see:
private val cache = new Cache[Long, Cache[String, Future[Response]]]()
// Make an HTTP GET request. Assumption: two requests with the same URL are
// identical, so they will be de-duped. The first time there is a unique URL,
// we use WS to actually make the request and store the Future object in the
// cache. The next time we see the same URL, we just return the cached Future.
def get(url: String)(implicit request: RequestHeader): Future[Response] = {
cache.get(, WS.url(url).get())
// Initialize the cache for each incoming HTTP request. The best place to call this method
// is from a filter.
def initCacheForRequest(request: RequestHeader): Unit = {
cache.put(, new Cache[String, Future[Response]]())
// Once you are doing processing an incoming request, don't forget to clean up the cache,
// or you will have a memory leak. The best place to call this method is from a filter.
def cleanupCacheForRequest(request: RequestHeader): Unit = {
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