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Chapter 11. State Management in ASP.NET > What Is State Management?

What Is State Management?

In the past, you had to jump through some flaming hoops to maintain the identity of a visitor to a web site. You had to use hidden form fields that you passed from page to page, use a unique ID that you passed in the URL, use cookies, or use the ASP Session object. If you’ve programmed dynamic web applications at all, you know that this was a pain in the posterior!!! I’m not even mentioning simple things like maintaining form field values across page posts, such as you need to do when you perform server-side validation.

To clarify, it would be helpful to identify what state management is and what types you will be faced with when building ASP.NET web applications. State management, or maintaining state, is the process of preserving the condition and information regarding an individual’s visit to a single web page, a user’s entire visit to your web site, or the condition of your web application as a whole.


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