Simon St. Laurent Cookies

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Suppose you had the only cookies in town? That's what this book gives you. Cookies is the only book to focus on this important programming tool that helps users keep track of where they are in a Web site. This book gives developers and content providers every crumb of information they need about cookies!Cookies' Unique Ingredients: -- Details that developers need to create cookies with maximum functionality-- Tools, techniques, and standards for both Netscape and Explorer-- Cookies and Java -- when, how, and whether to use them-- Help in anticipating and meeting new standards-- Simulated cookies for browsers that can't handle or refuse cookies-- Alternatives to cookies, including Open Profiling Standard, digital signatures, and proposed security models-- Site architecture considerations-- Facilitating electronic commerce with cookies-- Cookies, responsibility, and privacy

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Inside the Web's most misunderstood programming tool. Cookies have been praised as a powerful convenience-and damned as Big Brother's way of keeping intrusively close track of user behavior. Initially introduced in Netscape 1.1 as a way for developers to store tiny amounts of information on client computers, they have spread from CGI programming to JavaScripting, and are an important part of the toolbox for Microsoft Active Server Pages, Java servlets, and Netscape LiveWire development. They deserve a guide of their own, and here it is-complete with coverage of the Internet Engineering Task Force's controversial RFC 2109, which includes both a specification for cookie contents (endorsing and extending the existing Netscape standard) and rules covering the ways servers and browsers handle cookies. Savvy Web developers are realizing that cookie management is a critical task, with serious implications for Web site architecture. While not a complete solution to Web needs, cookies are more useful than many people know. Let Simon St. Laurent give you the full picture of how cookies fit into your Web tooklit and how they work with other tools: The truth about cookies' power to invade privacy, spread viruses, and breach security; Details to help you create cookies with maximum functionality, including client-side cookie scripting and server-side cookie applications; Step-by-step instructions on delivering content tailored to individual users; insights into the latest improvements to the cookie standard and new specifications from Microsoft and Netscape/Verisign, including the Open Profiling Standard; Sample cookie files and code; Advice on blending cookies and Java; Better ways to track site usage; simulated cookies for browsers that can't handle them; Alternative routes when users hostile to cookies have turned them off; the lowdown on higher=level user verification methods, such as digital signatures and encryption; site architecture considerations.

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Yes, a complete book on web cookies, those much vilified small chunks of data in our preference files that make it possible for us to go shopping on the web and to reenter password-protected sites without hassle and to track our information preferences. Even those of us who don't like the idea of web managers storing code on our hard drives acknowledge that these little chunks of data are becoming more important. St. Laurent covers a lot: cookie myths; cookie management; client and server side cookie scripting; cookies and the Common Gateway Interface with Perl, Java, and JavaScript; cookies and active server pages; and future changes to cookie architecture. Recommended for all collections serving site managers.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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