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Archive for April 20th, 2010

Maximum URL lengths

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/04/20

A client recently asked me what space should reserve to store URLs in their DBMS.

The plurality in the topic title is a hint: different systems have different limits on URL lengths.

But first:

Don’t use long URLs

If you use long URL’s (longer than say a coupe of 100 characters), then usually you have a problem.

First of all: short URL’s are easier to remember, index and search.

Second: long URL’s can pose problems.
It might be that your browser and server support them.
But a user might be behind an intercepting proxy (sometimes invisible to both you and your user) that imposes a URL limit.

In stead of long URLs with a HTTP GET, use shorter URLs with a HTTP POST. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in .NET, ASP.NET, Delphi, Development, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Web Browsers, Web Development | 8 Comments »

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