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Essential ASP.NET 2.0 by Keith Brown, Fritz Onion

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4State Management

WHERE DO YOU STORE per-client state in a Web application? This question is at the root of many heated debates over how to best design Web applications. The disconnected nature of HTTP means that there is no “natural” way to keep state on behalf of individual clients, but that certainly hasn’t stopped developers from finding ways of doing it. Today there are many choices for keeping client-specific state in an ASP.NET Web application, including Session state, View state, cookies, the HttpContext.Items collection, and any number of custom solutions. The best choice depends on many things, including the scope (Do you need the state to last for an entire user session or just between two pages?), the size (Are you worried about passing ...

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