This chapter covers the following topics:
• Overview of how today’s server applications track user sessions and how the tracking mechanism relates to the network protocols
• What cookies are and why they are used for session tracking
• How browsers handle the cookie attributes, and how they behave in presence of multiple cookies
• How servers perform session tracking by means of hidden fields, rewritten URLs, and cookies
• How Apache mod_session provides session tracking with cookies and rewritten URLs
• How Java servlets allow tracking sessions with cookies and rewritten URLs
If you are a network designer, you might have been asked how to integrate BEA Weblogic, Siebel, IBM Websphere, or Oracle application ...