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Understanding Login and User State Management

Understanding Login and User State Management

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Hi,

Here's my core problem.  I'm coming from a ColdFusion background, where users run to the server for any type of authentication.

My goal is to understand how ColdFusion (with a SQL Server backend) and Flex work together to help a user login and helps that same user maintain it's state.

I understand so far that Flex can use a RemoteObject to go back and use ColdFusion services to authenticate a user.

My problem is understanding how does Flex maintain information about the user state?

Am I correct in thinking that once I return information from ColdFusion about the user, I create a global object in Flex that keeps the user's information that I can refer to as I transition between the View States in my Flex application?  And I can just refer to that local user variable if I need to make sure I'm still dealing with the same user?  Is it really that simple?

Also, I've had been trying to review COUNTLESS articles on the Login/Authentication process.  One that I came across suggested placing a UUID on the server for a particular logged in user, and then I just return that back to Flex.  Does anyone recommend that?

I'm teaching myself Flex, but if someone could provide a good outline of the Best Practices to Login, Authenticate, and Maintain Session State throughout a Flex Application (using a ColdFusion and SQL Server backend), I'd be highly appreciative.

Thanks!
MFHO

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