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ASP.NET equivalent to ASPHTTP component.

Posted on 2004-08-26
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Following is a a example ASP script that uses the ASPHttp component (basically you give it a URL and it returns the response string).

Set HttpObj = Server.CreateObject("AspHTTP.Conn")
HTTPObj.TimeOut = 10
theurl = "somevalidURL"
httpobj.url = theurl
strResult = HttpObj.GetURL

I need this exact function but in ASP.NET. I don't want to wrap the ASPHttp component or anything, I just want to use whatever in built funtions .NET has.
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Question by:jmylrea
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Sounds like you may be looking for the System.Net.HttpWebRequest class.  Details at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemnethttpwebrequestclasstopic.asp
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by:jmylrea
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Yeh I realise it may have something to do with that class. But I can't work out the exact syntax?
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by:jmylrea
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This is the solution I was after. Thanks mate you tweaked my search enough to find it.


Dim strURL As String = "http://someURL/default.htm"
Dim objWebRequest As System.Net.HttpWebRequest
Dim objWebResponse As System.Net.HttpWebResponse
Dim streamReader As System.IO.StreamReader
Dim strHTML As String

objWebRequest = CType(System.Net.WebRequest.Create(strURL), System.Net.HttpWebRequest)
objWebRequest.Method = "GET"
objWebResponse = CType(objWebRequest.GetResponse(), System.Net.HttpWebResponse)

streamReader = New System.IO.StreamReader(objWebResponse.GetResponseStream)

strHTML = streamReader.ReadToEnd
Response.Write(strHTML)

streamReader.Close()
objWebResponse.Close()
objWebRequest.Abort()
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by:Thogek
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You may need to read through some of the documentation pages starting with that one.  It's not quite as simple as popping AspHTTP.Conn....

But something along the lines of (assuming C# syntax, and without testing any of this):

    System.Net.HttpWebRequest myReq = (HttpWebRequest)System.Net.WebRequest.Create("somevalidurl");
    myReq.Timeout = 1000;  // milliseconds
    System.Net.WebResponse myResp = myReq.GetResponse();
    System.IO.Stream strm = myResp.GetResponseStream();
    System.Text.Encoding enc = System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-8");
    StreamReader readStream = new StreamReader(myResp, enc);

    StringBuilder sbResult = new StringBuilder();

    // Grab 256 chars at a time
    Char[] read = new Char[256];
    int count = readStream.Read( read, 0, 256 );
    while (count > 0)
    {
        // add the 256 characters into the StringBuilder
        sbResult.Append(read);
        count = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256);
    }

    // dump the StringBuilder contents into a string variable
    string strResult = sbResult.ToString();

    // free up the stream's resources
    myResp.Close();

For a list of the properties and methods of the WebRequest class, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemnetwebrequestmemberstopic.asp

For a list of the properties and methods of the WebResponse class, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemnetwebresponsememberstopic.asp
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StreamReader.ReadToEnd -- that's what I was missing.  :-O

Good stuff.  :-)
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