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Posts tagged “sessions

Firefox plugin to detect when website sessions in use?

update: presenting my very first firefox plugin!
http://bbshowcase.org/firefox/website-sessions-detector.xpi
Detects if any of several session types are in use on a website. It has some room for improvement but the fact that it works at all is good start…

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I dislike the use of sessions to track users between web pages because it slows things down on active websites and if cookies are disabled, they can create a mess when they get appended to the URL. They are also useless across multiple servers if they aren’t stored in a common memory pool (memcached, etc).

Here are some common session names:
ASP uses “ASPSESSIONID”
PHP uses “PHPSESSID”
.NET uses “ASP.NET_SessionId”
JSP uses “JSESSIONID”
ColdFusion uses “CFID”
(let me know if you are aware of others)

I try to avoid using sessions in my bbPress plugins but there are two (Human Test & OpenID) where I’ve been too tired (aka too lazy) to come up with a complex way around them that would involve mysql tables, etc. However I try to make sure that sessions are not activated when not needed (in most cases, only during registration. But there is a popular third-party plugin that I’ve taken over ownership for (bb-topic-views) that uses sessions all the time when reading topics to prevent re-counting on multiple pages of the same topic.

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