September 24, 2009

Browser's limitation on cookie

Interestingly, now most of them have come to a standard value on their limits. If you've ever worked on client side (i.e. javascript coding), you would really appreciate this and understand why its worth mentioning here. Here are the details:

Per domain limits

  1. Firefox - Both 2.x and 3.x allow 50 cookies per domain
  2. IE - Until IE6.x they supported only 20 cookies per domain and IE 7 and above this limit has been increased to 50 cookies per domain
  3. Opera - Opera 9 allows only 30 cookies per domain
  4. Safari - No limits

Maximum Cookie Limit

  1. Firefox - Both 2.x and 3.x allow 1000
  2. IE - Some posts suggested its 300. *
  3. Opera - 65536
  4. Safari - No limits

Maximum Cookie Size Limit

  1. This is almost uniform across the browsers (because they try to adhere to RFC 2109(Section 6.3) and limits to ~4KB = 4096 bytes

If you ever exceed any of these limits, browsers may behave differently. IE and Opera use LRU to decide which cookies to delete. FF seems to be using something different from LRU *.

So if you follow Graded Browser Support methodology for your website, here are the recommendations:
  1. Keep your cookie count to <=30 per domain. Remember that subdomains can access root domains cookies as well (so can access cookies for domain)
  2. Cookie size should not be more than 4096 bytes
  3. Use some of the standard libraries YUI Cookie or Ext.util.Cookies for cookie handling

And never forget that cookies are an overhead for any website. Most of the browsers would append them to each request that is sent from the client side; some of them are smart enough to figure which particular "path" really needs them (this depends on which path the cookie was set for). And there is limit on the header size that a server can handle, for example Apache puts a limit of ~8KB. I don't know about others *.

* - I did my part of research but ended up with no results. If you've any concrete information, please share with links in comments

September 20, 2009

syntax highlighter for blogspot

as you might see now, i've the source highlighter plugin enabled. thanks to this post, it went really smooth this time.

September 15, 2009

javascript snippet for getting url parameters

function getReqParam( name ) {

 name = name.replace(/[\[]/,"\\\[").replace(/[\]]/,"\\\]");

 var regexS = "[\\?&]"+name+"=([^&#]*)";
 var regex = new RegExp( regexS );
 var results = regex.exec( window.location.href );

 if( results == null ){
  return "";
  return results[1];
i will explain the logic later on ;-) that reminds me, i also need to add a source code highlighter to my blog.. hang on until the long weekend, will get it done!!

September 03, 2009

Thought of the day...

A thought just came across that its been really long since i posted a "Thought of the day.." and why is it so? I guess i'm getting stable now :-), less worried and more productive and no more of those meta-thinking that i used to do few months back. To hell with that, who wants to waste the precious time!!!? ;-)