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Can someone show me how I would pass an HttpRequest object into a class library using VB.NET?

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Here is the problem:

I have a class library, and one of the possible inputs into this class library is the System.Web.HttpRequest.  However, once I separated the classes and placed them into a class library (they were initially coded directly into a new website project, which hada access to System.Web.HttpRequest), I no longer have access to this object!

I see there is a System.Net.HttpWebRequest class available though.  Can I use this to accept an object of type System.Web.HttpRequest?  And how would I do this?  Since this seems to be a very advanced .NET question, and I am desperate to move the code to a class library (so I can call the class library from a web service), I am awarding 500 pts to whomever or whoever can show me how to be able to accept the System.Web.HttpRequest object in a class library.

Thanks so much for your help.
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by:Justin_W
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Public Sub foo(r As System.Net.HttpWebRequest)
   'TODO: implement
End Sub
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by:Justin_W
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Or if you really meant the System.Web.HttpRequest class:

Public Sub foo(r As System.Web.HttpRequest)
   'TODO: implement
End Sub
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by:louisiana_blues
ID: 17155753
No, sorry, I guess I did not make myself clear.

Here is the scenario.  I have a System.Web.Httprequest object from a Webservice (or a Webpage).  I have a set of class libraries, that do NOT HAVE ACCESS TO System.Web.Httprequest (try to create a new class library and do an Imports System.Web and you will see what I mean).

So my question is, what code do I need to use to be able to cast or do whatever, in order to use an HttpWebRequest object in a class library using VB.NET?  Sure, I can do one or the other above, but that does not help me, since I have an object of type System.Web.HttpRequest, that is passed into a classlibrary, with, as far as I can tell, only a System.Net.HttpWebRequest, which of course, is not the same thing...

Is that any clearer?  And thanks so much for the response.
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by:louisiana_blues
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So, using your example, I want to use:

Public Sub foo(r As System.Web.HttpRequest)
   'TODO: implement
End Sub

But from inside a class library...but if you go into VS 2005 (or 2003, I guess) and create a new 'Class Library', and type in:

Imports System.Web.  *you will not see HttpRequest as an available object*

Which is the problem I am having!
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by:Jeff Certain
Jeff Certain earned 400 total points
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Strange.

I created a new class library, and added a reference to System.Web.

I was then able to import system.web into my class with no problem at all.

The issue at hand may be that your web site referenced System.Web as part of the project, but your class library doesn't -- so you need to add the reference by hand.
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by:louisiana_blues
ID: 17155822
Yes, of course you can.  But you will not find a class *inside* System.Web called 'HttpRequest'  So if you try to define a variable called:

Dim orequest As HttpRequest

You will get an error.

If you create a new *website* however, and do an Imports System.Web and then define something as:

Dim orequest As HttpReqest

You will not get an error.

And this is the problem.
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by:louisiana_blues
ID: 17155830
So, if you read my first sentence of the scenario now:

"I have a set of class libraries, that do NOT HAVE ACCESS TO System.Web.Httprequest (try to create a new class library and do an Imports System.Web and you will see what I mean)"

You will understand what I said?
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Justin_W earned 100 total points
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You may need to add an "Assembly Reference" for the System.Web.dll in addition to your Imports statement.

An Imports statement only works for DLLs that are referenced.
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by:Jeff Certain
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The approach I outlined worked for me. I was, in fact, able to create a new object of type HttpRequest.

As I stated, I added the System.Web reference to the class library project before importing System.Web.
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by:louisiana_blues
ID: 17155859
Unfortunately, I *do* have a System.Web already in the class library.  I would need something that actually solves this problem of 'how do I access an System.Web.HttpRequest object in a class library?  Since the class library already *has* a System.Web reference, but it doesn't have access to any of the classes I need, how do I actually get at it?  To I have to do some conversion from a file stream or something?  And even if I do have a file stream, how do I then convert that back to an HttpRequest object?
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by:louisiana_blues
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Can you give me specific instructions on what you did?
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by:louisiana_blues
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Aha. Yes!  I see.  Darn, but I should know that.  Thank you both for your help.  Now, since you both helped in answering my question, you shall have to share again, Chaosian. :)

Thanks you both for your help!
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by:louisiana_blues
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Hmm.  Well, I tried to give the accepted answer to Chaosian, but somehow, it did not work right.  Sorry Chaosian...I did give you the balance of the points though...
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by:Jeff Certain
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LOL... no problem. Glad it's working!

Sometimes those references can be tricky. Since everything references System by default, System.Web shows up even if you don't have a reference to it... but none of the System.Web classes are available.

Seems like Microsoft could have made the process a little simpler.
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by:louisiana_blues
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Thank you Chaosian.  Could you help me with my other 500 pt question?  The problem I have reading and updating the appconfig file?  You definitely are an expert!
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by:Jeff Certain
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I'll see what I can do :)
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