fopen vs fsockopen

I am performing a GET request from my server. I want to know whether fsockopen or fopen is better. Please give reasons in terms of speed and other aspects.

Thank you very much.
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If you just want to get a request from a web server,
I think fopen is easier programming style.

$thefile=fgets($fp,100000); /* 100000 is MAX, if you
                               don't know the MAX, you must  loop*/

Using a socket, you will have to send the HTTP request
by hand. It is certainly more attractive, but i think
it's like shooting a fly with a canon. :-)

Typically you will use a socket for communication with
rather unknown daemons/services (i.e. self-made).

In terms of speed, I do not know, but my guess is it must
be pretty much the same, either way.

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Just a little remark, using fopen, you can append the GET
variables to the end of the url - same as when you send
the GET request by hand using a socket.
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