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An overview of Asp.net Cookies

Posted By:shahin       Posted Date: February 26, 2009    Points: 10    Category: .Net Framework    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

Asp.net cookies an overview


When working with a web application many a times we want to store the client specific data on the client side only. This helps in showing personalized data for the client. The session maintained by default is also done with the help of the session cookie only.

In a layman developer word a cookie is a small amount of data that is passed between the client and the server in the request and response. The data in the cookie can be read in interpreted by the server and is sent to the server whenever the user visits the same site.

But remember maintenance of cookie also depends on the user. Many user can turn there cookie off or the users can delete the cookies in there cookies. Moreover client can read the information kept in the cookie. That is why cookie cannot be used to store sensitive data.

Remember the cookie is set for a website and not individual pages of the site. Hence the cookie is sent to and from the browser on each and every request to the server. So we should also be very careful on how much data needs to be stored in a cookie. If the amount of data stored in a cookie is vary large than it can slow your site as the amount of data passed to and from is very high.

There are also some limitations in the cookies. Cookies of the maximum size 4096 bytes are supported by most of the browser. The limitation is not only on the bytes but also the number of cookies. One website can keep only up to a maximum of 20 cookies. If we try to store more number of cookies then the earlier cookies will be deleted by default. Many browsers have also kept a limitation on absolute number of the cookies. Most browser keeps only a maximum of 300 cookies from all the site combined.

One more very Important issue with cookie is the fact that it is entirely dependent on the browser. User may have turned off receiving any cookie from any site. No error is raised if the cookie is not written in the browser. Also the fact that the browser never sends information about its current cookie setting to the server and the server has no want to find if the cookie has been written properly or not

In Asp.net the cookie property does not indicate on weather the cookies are enabled in the browser or not (As discussed above there is no ways for the server to understand if the browser will accept cookies or not). It only indicates only the fact that the current browser support cookies or not

An overview of Asp.net Cookies

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