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Registered: ‎01-16-2011
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Application state managment for auto-login

Hi guys,

I found this code example and i wanted to know what it does exactly.


function handleExit() {



Am just wondering how applications like "Facebook" and "Twitter" store user credentials to automatically log-in the next time the application opens, Do they use PIN validation, or store a cookie like file on the phone storage?



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Re: Application state managment for auto-login

The code you have quoted essentially sends the application to the background when the user exits the app.  It will leave the application running in the background instead of exiting its process.


For storing credentials you can do it various ways, cookies, HTML4 database, store session id's after initial login etc.

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Re: Application state managment for auto-login

The code snippet you've shown overrides the default behavior of exiting the application, and mimizes it to the background instead.


Likely, the Facebook and Twitter clients store some form of session key on the device (similar to how info can be saved in an HTTP cookie) that is used to automatically authenticate the user the next time they load the app.

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010
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Re: Application state managment for auto-login

what is recommended for storing username and password? cookies is the easiest way of implementation, but is it safe?

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Re: Application state managment for auto-login

Use the HTML 5 LocalStore:
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Registered: ‎08-19-2009
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Re: Application state managment for auto-login

Old thread, I know. localStorage is only available on OS6+ and PlayBook. Can't use it if you support OS5.