In other words, is automatic login with Servlets a pipe dream? I have been trying to implement this with sessions, however I cannot get around the problem of session cookie getting deleted when the user closes their browser. I do not have the desire or the time to implement my own session tracking. Is there any other solution?
Article looks ok.
You can store login info in cookies explicitly & retrieve those cookie and log in the user automatically. (You don't store the actual user name & password in the cookie, just maybe an id or something so you can look up the user)