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From Jeremy Quinn <>
Subject Re: [flow] session creation
Date Tue, 15 Jul 2003 16:29:46 GMT

On Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at 02:19 PM, Vadim Gritsenko wrote:

> Christopher Oliver wrote:
>> Continuations do not require the session. But the session is needed 
>> to support cases where you use JS global variables to share data 
>> between multiple top level page flows.


> Back to Antonio's suggestion. Can we have a configuration of the flow 
> controller specifying where to store those global variables? Context, 
> session, and request (that should be analogue to "no session", right?) 
> can be possible values.

I am using global variables in two situations ....

1. Static Variables

	stuff like could easily be in the Application or Request Context:

	    var Beans = {
               COVERAGE	: "org.iniva.archive.Coverage",
               PERSON		: "org.iniva.archive.Person",
               PROJECT		: "org.iniva.archive.Project",
               RESOURCE	: "org.iniva.archive.Resource",
               TYPE			: "org.iniva.archive.Type",
               URL			: "org.iniva.archive.Url",
               USER			: "org.iniva.archive.User"
2. The User's login details

	this could have been handled by an authentication Action in the 
SiteMap, or even in the Container.

While I do actually use Continuations in some functions, I strenuously 
avoid keeping any other 'app state' in Global variables, so that the 
user can have multiple browser windows open with different independent 
tasks in progress in each one.

If there are going to be ways of externally configuring how Global 
Variables are stored, I think we need to take into account a possible 
need to store different variable sets in different ways.

I do not believe that a global setting in Cocoon.xconf would be a good 
idea though, I will have multiple FlowApps in one Cocoon Instance, they 
by no means would want to share the same settings.

regards Jeremy

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