Sessions: Cookies or URLToken

by kai on 03/07/2006

Just today I was having a discussion with some of my co-workers about using cookies or URL parameters for session handling. Or to be more precise: We didn’t discuss technical issues, but we thought about how many people there are, who disable cookies on their own or who have to disable cookies due to system policies.

I remember that the choice between cookie-based session-handling or URL token based sesion handling was a rather big topic some years ago. Well, it’s way easier to implement today anyway, but I wonder if people would bother at all? You know what I mean, maybe nearly all of the surfers have cookies enabled nowadays?

What’s your opinion? How do you build your apps 2006? 😉

Terrence Ryan July 3, 2006 at 12:00 am

A co-worker tipped me off to the fact that one could use URLSessionFormat to make this question moot.

Ryan July 3, 2006 at 12:00 am

I pretty much always use cookie sessions, I don’t know anybody that turns cookies off completely.

I think most people that are concerned about cookies use tools that lets the user block cookies selectively. If they want to use your site, they’ll let your cookie through.

Shunjie July 4, 2006 at 12:00 am

I follow the 20/80 rule and use cookies. I suppose who cannot satisfy everyone and for session management, cookies will be a better way to go.

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