Fixing a weird issue with Symfony's Cache

I'm just getting started with Symfony, so I'm blogging some of the weird things I'm finding.

Symfony has a concept of Cache Contracts. You can call an expensive / slow / intensive operation and immediately cache the result for a specific time period. Next time you call the operation, the results are served from the cache until the expiry time has been hit.

Nifty! But I couldn't get it to work.

Take this sample code. It should return the current date and time and cache the result for 5 minutes (300 seconds). If you call it repeatedly, it should keep showing the old date until the 5 minutes are up.

use Symfony\Contracts\Cache\ItemInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Cache\Adapter\FilesystemAdapter;

class Whatever
    public function get_date() {
        $cache = new FilesystemAdapter();
        $value = $cache->get('cached_date', function (ItemInterface $item) {
            $date = date("Y-m-d H:i:s");
            return $date;
      return $value;

But it wasn't working. Why? I don't know. But I fixed it by using a namespaced cache:

$cache = new FilesystemAdapter("my_awesome_cache");

I hope that's helpful to someone - even if that someone is me in a few years' time!

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