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Building Scalable Apps with Redis and Node.js by Joshua Johanan

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Redis is for application state

Redis is most useful when it is used to keep track of a temporary application state. A perfect example of this is a session. It is only needed when a user is logged in. We store it in Redis, so that it can be easily retrieved and accessible to multiple processes on multiple machines. Redis helps us follow the rule of scalability of never keeping application state locally. Any data that will be needed in multiple requests should be kept in Redis.

Another thing to keep in mind about Redis is that it is only for short term data. Anything that is needed to be stored for a long time should be in a database. Your user table, every time a user logs in, and all tracking information are things that you would keep in a database ...

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