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Chapter 4. Managing Client State  > What Is Client State?

What Is Client State?

The Web is a stateless environment. Every request that comes into your Web server looks like any other; it has no begin session or end session message that lets you know that a particular user will be making a series of related requests. To build an effective Web application, however, a Web developer needs to be able to track a user through a series of requests and ideally associate some variables with that user's session, as shown here:


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