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session management using cookies

Grishma Dube
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Joined: Jul 01, 2003
Posts: 275
Hi All,

I came across to this question during one of the interviews.

How do we manage a session with cookies in servlet, if suppose we dont want to use a cookie class? is it possible?


smitha verghese
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Joined: Jun 21, 2003
Posts: 42
Hi there r diff ways to maintain sessions

1. hidden fields
2. url appending
3. Session objects
4. Cookies

Grishma Dube
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Joined: Jul 01, 2003
Posts: 275
Thanks Smitha, but i know the ways of tracking a session.

Pls read my question carefully. I said, how do i manage a session using cookies but without making use of Cookie class?

William Brogden
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Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13018
Lets have a little more detail - what do you mean by "manage a session"??
I'm assuming you have read the HttpSession JavaDocs - what do you want to do that is not covered there? Have you read the JavaDocs for the various session listeners?
Rovas Kram
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Joined: Aug 08, 2003
Posts: 135
Maybe the interviewer is looking for:

Use HttpServletRequest.getHeader(String) which can be used to get the cookies as a String instead of HttpServletRequest.get Cookies() whichs returns an array of Cookie class.
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