login into a WEB page - parse HTML data - programatically.

I work for a non-profit.  We have the need to pull data from a government WEB site.  There is no API or WEB service to access the site/pages.   They do have a login page. Is there a way to programatically login, and once logged in, parse the data that comes back in the form of HTML pages?  Does this make sense?
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wdosanjosCommented:
Yes, there is.  You need to emulate with the HTTP/HTTPS requests accordingly to pass through the login page.  You will need to keep track of Cookies too.

Here are some references:

Login to a forms based site from Windows app using WebClient or webrequest
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/.NET/Q_21075780.html#a11667964

HttpWebRequest Class
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.net.httpwebrequest.aspx
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CodeCruiserCommented:
Is it for winforms or ASP.NET?
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HLRosenbergerAuthor Commented:
ASP.NET.
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HLRosenbergerAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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