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Can I access session variables after using a httpsURLConnection call?

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I am a first time poster and new to web programmer so forgive my ignorance.  

I have a secure web site where a user logs in with a username and password.  This is saved in a session variable named credentials.  As the user process information, he wants to be able to save the information to the server in html file to be able to access that data at a later date.  I have written a servlet that will do this (right now it is only writting to standard out).

The problem is that the first thing the jsp page does is check for the credentials session variable to make sure the user is logged into the site.  I have lost this session variable using the HttpsURLConnection.  Is there any way to pass this in?  Or is there better way to do this?

      HttpsURLConnection.setDefaultHostnameVerifier( hnv );
            String urlString = request.getParameter("urlString");
            URL formUrl = new URL(urlString);
            HttpsURLConnection connection = (HttpsURLConnection)formUrl.openConnection();
            System.out.println("OPEN CONNECTION SUCCESSFUL: "+formUrl);        
            connection.connect();
            System.out.println("CONNECTED: "+formUrl);        

            BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(connection.getInputStream()));

            String inputLine;
            System.out.println("BEFORE WHILE");        

            while ((inputLine = in.readLine()) != null)
            {
                  System.out.println(inputLine);                        
            }

            in.close();
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you need to set all the cookies that you got in the servlet and pass it to the HttpsUrlConnection.  The session that you have in the server is store in a Session ID Cookie; so sending all cookies that you have at that point will do the trick!
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Sorry, No Servlet... JSP! :)
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by:mtiGirl
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I don't have any experience using cookies, could you give me just a little direction here.  Also, are you saying that I should write this as a jsp page instead of a servlet?

Thanks for you input!
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int_20h earned 250 total points
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Oh... I thought you're using JSP for this...If you are using servlet, you can do servlet chaining if you're trying to send it to a servlet within the same container:
http://hudsonfog.com/dev-doc/ServletChaining.html?action=template
If you want to send the cookies to another container, you need to use setRequestProperty.  Here is a site that can help:
http://martin.nobilitas.com/java/cookies.html
But if I were you, I would use a HTTP library like:
http://www.innovation.ch/java/HTTPClient/
http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/httpclient/
Those libraries will make handling HTTP and cookies a lot simplier...
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