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Cookies by themselves still need a bit of work to be useful. What we really want is a session: a persistent state for some Web surfer. Sessions are handled with CGI::Session (documented beginning on page 504), which uses cookies but provides a higher-level abstraction.

require "cgi" require "cgi/session"

cgi ="html3") sess = cgi, "session_key" => "rubyweb",                           "session_id"  => "9650",                           "new_session" => true,                           "prefix" => "web-session.") sess["CustID"] = 123 sess["Part"] = "ABC"

cgi.out{   cgi.html{     "\nHTML content here"   } }

This will send a cookie to the user named ``rubyweb'' with a value of 9650. It will also create a disk file in $TMP/web-session.9650 with the key, value pairs for CustID and Part.

When the user returns, all you need is a parameter to indicate the session id. In this example, that would be rubyweb=9650. With that value in the parameters, you'll be able to retrieve the full set of saved session data.

require "cgi"
require "cgi/session"

cgi ="html3") sess = cgi, "session_key" => "rubyweb",                                "prefix" => "web-session.") cgi.out{   cgi.html{     "\nCustomer #{sess['CustID']} orders an #{sess['Part']}"   } }
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