The stateless state

Remembering what you were doing five minutes ago on the Web

From the developerWorks archives

Peter Seebach

Date archived: January 4, 2017 | First published: July 22, 2008

"State" is a central concern of all sorts of distributed applications, but especially of Web applications, as HTTP and its derivatives are intrinsically stateless. Clear thinking about how data persists across retrievals, sessions, processes, and other boundaries can help you improve your Web applications, both present and future.

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