Defining session variables

Defining session variables

You can use session variables to store and display information maintained for the duration of a user’s visit (or session). The server creates a different session object for each user and maintains it for a set period of time or until the object is explicitly terminated. For more information, see Understanding session variables.

Before defining session variables for a page, you must create them in the source code. For instructions, see the following topics:

  • Collecting data submitted by users
  • Accessing data stored in session variables
  • Storing information in session variables

After you create a session variable in the web application’s source code, you can use Dreamweaver to retrieve its value and use it in a web page.

To define a predefined session variable:

  1. Create a session variable in the source code and assign a value to it.

    For example, this ColdFusion example instantiates a session called username, and assigns it the value Cornelius:

    <CFSET session.username = Cornelius>
    
  2. Select Window > Bindings to display the Bindings panel.
  3. Click the Plus (+) button and select Session Variable from the pop-up menu.
  4. Enter the name of the variable you defined in the source code.
  5. Click OK.

    The session variable appears in the Bindings panel.

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Once you define the session variable, you can use its value in your page. For more information, see Adding Dynamic Content to Web Pages.

Related topics

  • Collecting data submitted by users
  • Accessing data stored in session variables
  • Understanding session variables
  • Storing information in session variables


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