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Struts Kick Start by Kevin Bedell, James Turner

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HTTP Cookies and Session/User Management

When the Web first came into use, it was governed by earlier versions of the HTTP protocol that provided no way to track user sessions between requests. Then Netscape published a “preliminary specification” defining how to track a “Persistent Client State” using what it called “a cookie, for no compelling reason.”

The Internet being what it is, this preliminary specification was immediately adopted as a standard and it is still in wide use today. (A version of the original proposal was still viewable at the time of this writing at http://wp.netscape.com/newsref/std/cookie_spec.html.) When the IETF later published its cookie specification (RFC 2109) (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2109.txt), there were very ...

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