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Programming Microsoft® ASP.NET 4 by Dino Esposito

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Chapter 17. ASP.NET State Management

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki

All real-world applications of any shape and form need to maintain their own state to serve users’ requests. ASP.NET applications are no exception. However, unlike other types of applications, they need special system-level tools to achieve the result. The reason for this peculiarity lies in the stateless nature of the underlying protocol that Web applications still rely upon. As long as HTTP remains the transportation protocol for the Web, all applications will run into the same problem—figuring out the most effective way to persist state information.

Application state is a sort of blank container that each ...

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