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How do I allow my web service to work with a Proxy Server

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We are developing an application that has a client application that needs to call a web service that is located on our web server.  The client application will be install by a wide range of users spanning from home users to people behind corporate firewalls.

What functionality do we need in our product to ensure that we can work with different proxy servers.  I see that application like Instant messenger and Norton Antivirus allow for proxy setting to be supplied by the user& I have read about using default proxy and cached credentials.

Dim proxy As System.Net.WebProxy = System.Net.WebProxy.GetDefaultProxy
proxy.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials
ws.Proxy = proxy

I am having trouble understanding what should be included in our client application, what are different techniques to do the same thing.

So the question&
I am looking for a sample application that shows/describes the best practices of implementing web services to work with proxy servers.  I would like to understand why applications like Norton Antivirus have the options to specify proxy settings.
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Question by:jongrossex
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by:jinal
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Use configuration file.
This is sample
<system.net>
  <defaultProxy>
    <proxy usesystemdefault="true" />
  </defaultProxy>
</system.net>

Also in your sample  you did use System.Net.WebProxy.GetDefaultProxy which is deprecated .

http://dotnetstep.blogspot.com/2009/04/webservice-authenticate-against-proxy.html
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by:jongrossex
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Hi Jinal,

Thanks for your comments.

I have tried to put together a sample based on what I have read.  Please critique the sample code.  I am interested if I am close or how to make it better.

Do you have any special error handling that you use when calling a web service?

Thanks
Jon
Private Sub cmdGetPatientName_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles cmdGetPatientName.Click
 
    Dim bUserSuppliedNetworkCredentails As Boolean = True
    'Call a function to see if the user want to specify credentials
 
    Dim bUserSuppliedProxyInfo As Boolean = True
    'Call a function to see if the user has given us proxy information
 
    Dim ws As New SampleWebService.Service1
    If bUserSuppliedProxyInfo Then
      ws.Proxy = New System.Net.WebProxy("http://myWebProxy", 456)
    Else
      ws.Proxy = System.Net.WebRequest.DefaultWebProxy
    End If
 
    If bUserSuppliedNetworkCredentails Then
      ws.Credentials = New NetworkCredential("UserName", "Password", "Domain")
    End If
 
    Dim patientId As Integer = 123
    Dim patientName As String = ws.GetPatientName(patientId)
 
    MsgBox(patientName, MsgBoxStyle.Information)
 
  End Sub

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jinal earned 500 total points
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Hello ,
In some of the case you need to supply credentials for proxy server to.
ws.Proxy.Credentials = ....

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Thanks for your help.
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