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Getting website content using url

Posted By:Jean Paul       Posted Date: March 26, 2011    Points: 40    Category: Windows Form Controls    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

Returns the website content as string for given website url

public string GetHttpResponse(string url)
                ASCIIEncoding encoding = new ASCIIEncoding();

                HttpWebRequest myRequest = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(url);
                myRequest.Method = "GET";

                HttpWebResponse response = (HttpWebResponse)myRequest.GetResponse();

                return GetResponseContent(response);
            catch (Exception ex)

            return String.Empty;

        /// Returns the string content of HttpWebResponse
        private string GetResponseContent(HttpWebResponse response)
            if (response == null)
                return String.Empty;

            StringBuilder builder = new StringBuilder();
            Stream stream = response.GetResponseStream();

            StreamReader streamReader = new StreamReader(stream);

            int data = 0;
                data = streamReader.Read();
                if (data > -1)
            while (data > -1);


            return builder.ToString();


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