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Old November 8th, 2003, 01:36 PM
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I'm attempting to learn how to use cookies, but I'm getting some inconsistent results. After I instantiate and populate the cookies in the first page with the response object, I'm able to access those cookies from another page with the request object once.

After I close the browser, if I try to open the browser again and go to the page that accesses these cookies, I get an error message that references the line with the first Request.Cookie object and gives the following error message: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Here's the first page:

<%@ Page Language="c#" %>
<script language="c#" runat="server">
void SubmitInfo()
    HttpCookie ckeName = new HttpCookie("Name");
    ckeName.Value = txtName.Text;

    HttpCookie ckeStreetAddress = new HttpCookie("StreetAddress");
    ckeStreetAddress.Value = txtStreet.Text;

    HttpCookie ckeCityStateZip = new HttpCookie("CityStateZip");
    ckeCityStateZip.Value = txtCityStateZip.Text;

<form id="frmUserInfo" runat="server">
Name: <asp:textbox id="txtName" runat="server" />
Street Address: <asp:textbox id="txtStreet" runat="server" />
City, State Zip: <asp:textbox id="txtCityStateZip" runat="server" />
<asp:button id="btnSubmit" text="Submit Form" runat="server" onclick="SubmitInfo" />

Here's the second page that's generating the error message, referenced above, on the first line using my Request object:

<%@ Page Language="c#" %>
<script language="c#" runat="server">
void Page_Load(object Source, EventArgs e)

    Response.Write("You entered the following information: <br><br>");

    Response.Write(Request.Cookies["Name"].Value + "<br>");
    Response.Write(Request.Cookies["StreetAddress"].Value + "<br>");
    Response.Write(Request.Cookies["CityStateZip"].Value + "<br>");



Can anybody bring me up to speed on what I need to do differently?
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Hi there,

By default, cookies expire when you close the browser. That is, a cookie exists only for the duration of a browser session.

To make cookies durable, you need to set the Expires property, like this:
HttpCookie ckeName = new HttpCookie("Name");
ckeName.Value = txtName.Text;
ckeName.Expires = DateTime.Now.AddDays(10);
This makes the cookie last for the next 10 days.



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