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State and session tracking with Java servlets Part 1: Using cookies

  • October 19, 1999
  • By David Reilly
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Putting cookies to work
by David Reilly.


// Import io package
import java.io.*;

// Import servlet packages
import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;

public class CookieCounter extends HttpServlet

 // GET request handler
 public void doGet (HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws IOException
  // Define content type
  PrintStream pout = new PrintStream(response.getOutputStream());

  // Check to see if there are any cookies
  Cookie[] cookieArray = request.getCookies();

  // Default value
  int count = 0;

  // Check for cookies
  if (cookieArray != null)
   for (int i =0; i< cookieArray.length; i++)
    Cookie c = cookieArray[i];

    // Check for the count cookie
    if (c.getName().equals("count"))
     // Parse cookie value and assign to count
      Integer num = new Integer (c.getValue());
      count = num.intValue();
     catch (NumberFormatException nfe) {}

  // Increment counter

  // Send updated cookie
  response.addCookie(new Cookie ("count", String.valueOf(count)));

  // Output message
  pout.println ("You have visited this page " + count +
   " times since your web browser started");

 // POST request handler calls GET request handler
 public void doPost (HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws IOException


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