Inserting cookies into a web session
michael at stroeder.com
Thu Jul 24 08:49:33 CEST 2008
John Gordon wrote:
> I'm developing a web application that needs a semi-persistent way to
> store information.
> I've looked at some options such as writing entries to a database table
> or creating small textfiles, but I'm not thrilled with anything I've come
> up with so far.
What's the problem?
> Then a coworker suggested that I could just insert a cookie into the
> current session, which would store whatever information I wanted. This
> seems like a really good solution. That's what cookies are *for*, right?
Before using cookies keep in mind that the cookies returned by the
browser are not trustworthy! You have to validate the values each time.
> But I've never worked with cookies before. Is there a Python package for
> handling cookies?
> And are there any back-end requirements?
> I assume you
> would have to be running a webserver that supports sessions.
You can do this all within your web application.
> Do you also
> have to be running some sort of web container or servlet engine?
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