Stateless vs Statefull

Unofficial Content

A stateless app is an application that does not save client data generated in one session for use in the next session with that client. Each session is carried out as if it was the first time and responses are not dependent upon data from a previous session.

A stateful app is an application that does save client data generated in one session for use in the next session with that client.

There is an industry-wide discussion about what is better for performance and [horizontal] scalability: A stateless or a stateful application.

FAQ

Q: Can GeneXus Applications be stateless?
A
: A Web page that shows data typically Yes.A rest Application typically Yes.Complex business applications typically No (they typically store some session info between requests).

Q: If Not,  does this mean that they require Server Affinity?
A: No. (Session, Cache or any data may be replicated or moved to an external point)

Q: If an application is not stateless, does this mean that it will have scalability or performance issues?
A: No.
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Q: Can GeneXus guarantee that the applications are scalable?
A: No, it depends on how they are architectured, developed, and deployed.

More information at Load balancing considerations and Session state handling.