Solved

View Actual Response Stream of a HttpWebRequest

Posted on 2006-06-22
5
458 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am working with System.Net.HttpWebRequest objects and would like to see the actual response stream.

The catch - our servers require SSL - so intercepting does not work as we see the response, but it is encrypted.

I have tried the following:

using (StreamReader streamReader = new StreamReader(request.GetResponse()))
{
       Response.Write(streamReader.ReadToEnd());
}

The result is:
https://myserver.com/exchange/mrichmon/Calendar/testappointment.emlHTTP/1.1 200 OK

However if I have code similar to this:

using(XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create(request.GetResponseStream()))
{
      reader.MoveToContent();
      while(reader.Read())
      {
            if(reader.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Element)
            {
                  Response.Write("&lt;" + reader.Name + "&gt;<br>");
                  Response.Write(reader.ReadElementString());
            }
      }
}

Then I get results like this:
<a:response>
https://myserver.com/exchange/mrichmon/Calendar/testappointment.eml<a:propstat>
HTTP/1.1 200 OK<a:contentclass>
<c:subject>
<d:location>
<d:dtend>
<d:busystatus>
<d:alldayevent>
<d:reminderoffset>

So I know there actually is xml content there.

So, the question is how do I view the actual response so that I can look at the xml, see the defined namespaces, see the fields returned, etc.

Also related is what is the best way to get this xml from teh stream into a variable that can be used in C# code
0
Comment
Question by:mrichmon
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:RoninThe
ID: 16963612
personally I prefer Read() to ReadToEnd(), nothing to do with your question here though. The problem seems to do with GetResponse() and GetResponseStream().
try this-

string respString = "";
using( StreamReader readStream = new StreamReader( request.GetResponseStream(), System.Text.Encoding.GetEncoding("utf-8"))
{
      Char[] read = new Char[256];
      int count = readStream.Read( read, 0, 256 );
      while (count > 0)
      {
            // Dump the 256 characters on a string.
            String str = new String(read, 0, count);
            respString += str;
            count = readStream.Read(read, 0, 256);
      }
}
Console.Write( respString);
if( respString != "")
{
      XmlDocument doc = new XmlDocument();
      try
      {
            doc.LoadXml( respString);
      }
      catch( XmlException e)
      {
      }
}
0
 
LVL 35

Author Comment

by:mrichmon
ID: 16970152
No that does not work.

Instead the output is the exact same as
using (StreamReader streamReader = new StreamReader(request.GetResponse()))
{
       Response.Write(streamReader.ReadToEnd());
}

which is https://myserver.com/exchange/mrichmon/Calendar/testappointment.emlHTTP/1.1 200 OK
0
 
LVL 35

Author Comment

by:mrichmon
ID: 16970186
Okay I figured it out.

Very simple solution - I am suprised no one mentioned it.

The problem was that since the output was going through a Response.Write - it was in the source, but only the above text was being displayed to the screen.

Simple huh :o)
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
GhostMod earned 0 total points
ID: 17021930
Closed, 500 points refunded.
GhostMod
Community Support Moderator
0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction Although it is an old technology, serial ports are still being used by many hardware manufacturers. If you develop applications in C#, Microsoft .NET framework has SerialPort class to communicate with the serial ports.  I needed to…
Real-time is more about the business, not the technology. In day-to-day life, to make real-time decisions like buying or investing, business needs the latest information(e.g. Gold Rate/Stock Rate). Unlike traditional days, you need not wait for a fe…
Monitoring a network: why having a policy is the best policy? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the enormous benefits of having a policy-based approach when monitoring medium and large networks. Software utilized in this v…
Do you want to know how to make a graph with Microsoft Access? First, create a query with the data for the chart. Then make a blank form and add a chart control. This video also shows how to change what data is displayed on the graph as well as form…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question