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Perl WWW::Mechanize like functionality in .NET

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My current place of employ has recently moved development to the .NET development platform (for better or for worse).  Much of the old software is written in perl.   While I see no trouble migrating much of it into .NET languages, I fear what I will miss the most is the ease of using perl for web spidering/scraping applications.  I have used extensively the WWW::Mechinize suite of modules, and (maybe through ignorance of my own) see no corollary within the .Net languages.

What I am looking for in response to my question is the communities input (2 cents) into how to approach spidering/scraping activities within the .NET languages.  While perl is my background, I am not necessarily looking for Mechanize.NET, just the best way to go about automated web navigation within .NET.

100 points will go to the first five persons with a thoughtful response.

Thanks a lot; I really value real world opinions over the boasts of printed documentation!
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AFAIK, there is no direct comparison for WWW::Mechanize in the .NET framework.  There is the System.Net namespace that contains methods, such as WebClient, HTTPWebRequest for scraping, but nothing that supports the "automated" navigation that Mechanize supports.

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I was hopeing for more input on this... Thanks to TheLearnedOne, easy 500 points.  

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