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Written by Dave Lens -


What will you learn?

  • Store data in a session key
  • Retrieve data from a session key


Sessions basics

Sessions provide a way to associate information with individual visitors on your website. Each session has a unique identifier to allow communication between server and user. They are commonly used to store data of the users logged-in with your web application.

That data is stored on the server, which is the key difference with cookies; they are stored on the clients machine instead. The functionality is therefor similar with SpoonCookie, both use the same set/get principle:

The example below stores the value 'bar' in a session variable named 'foo'.

// required classes
require_once 'spoon/spoon.php';

// start the session

// set session variable 'foo' with value 'bar'
SpoonSession::set('foo', 'bar');

The example below retrieves the data stored in the session key named 'foo', if it exists.

// required classes
require_once 'spoon/spoon.php';

// check if the key exists
    // show the output of get()

will output:

string(3) "bar"

SpoonSession::exists() accepts multiple keys to look up, but will only return true if all keys in $_SESSION were found.

Destroying a session

To let users log out of your web application, you can use SpoonSession::destroy(). In the example below the session ID will become unavailable after the destroy() occurs because there is no session set. It will return a SpoonSessionException.

// required classes
require_once 'spoon/spoon.php';

// show the session ID
Spoon::dump(SpoonSession::getSessionId(), false);

// destroy session - logs out the user by destroying his/her session

// attempt to show the session ID - this will trigger an exception


SpoonSession does not differ much from the standard session functionality in PHP, save for a few convenient extras and small timesavers.