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Old April 25th, 2007, 11:03 AM
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Default C# post xml using HttpWebRequest/Response

For those of you scouring the web looking for a simple routine that sends/receives an XML file using HttpWebRequest/Response here ya go:

    public static XmlDocument PostXMLTransaction(string v_strURL, XmlDocument v_objXMLDoc)
    {
        //Declare XMLResponse document
        XmlDocument XMLResponse = null;

        //Declare an HTTP-specific implementation of the WebRequest class.
        HttpWebRequest objHttpWebRequest;

        //Declare an HTTP-specific implementation of the WebResponse class
        HttpWebResponse objHttpWebResponse = null;

        //Declare a generic view of a sequence of bytes
        Stream objRequestStream = null;
        Stream objResponseStream = null;

        //Declare XMLReader
        XmlTextReader objXMLReader;

        //Creates an HttpWebRequest for the specified URL.
        objHttpWebRequest = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(v_strURL);

        try
        {
            //---------- Start HttpRequest

            //Set HttpWebRequest properties
            byte[] bytes;
            bytes = System.Text.Encoding.ASCII.GetBytes(v_objXMLDoc.In nerXml);
            objHttpWebRequest.Method = "POST";
            objHttpWebRequest.ContentLength = bytes.Length;
            objHttpWebRequest.ContentType = "text/xml; encoding='utf-8'";

            //Get Stream object
            objRequestStream = objHttpWebRequest.GetRequestStream();

            //Writes a sequence of bytes to the current stream
            objRequestStream.Write(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);

            //Close stream
            objRequestStream.Close();

            //---------- End HttpRequest

            //Sends the HttpWebRequest, and waits for a response.
            objHttpWebResponse = (HttpWebResponse)objHttpWebRequest.GetResponse();

            //---------- Start HttpResponse
            if (objHttpWebResponse.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.OK)
            {
                //Get response stream
                objResponseStream = objHttpWebResponse.GetResponseStream();

                //Load response stream into XMLReader
                objXMLReader = new XmlTextReader(objResponseStream);

                //Declare XMLDocument
                XmlDocument xmldoc = new XmlDocument();
                xmldoc.Load(objXMLReader);

                //Set XMLResponse object returned from XMLReader
                XMLResponse = xmldoc;

                //Close XMLReader
                objXMLReader.Close();
            }

            //Close HttpWebResponse
            objHttpWebResponse.Close();
        }
        catch (WebException we)
        {
            //TODO: Add custom exception handling
            throw new Exception(we.Message);
        }
        catch (Exception ex)
        {
            throw new Exception(ex.Message);
        }
        finally
        {
            //Close connections
            objRequestStream.Close();
            objResponseStream.Close();
            objHttpWebResponse.Close();

            //Release objects
            objXMLReader = null;
            objRequestStream = null;
            objResponseStream = null;
            objHttpWebResponse = null;
            objHttpWebRequest = null;
        }

        //Return
        return XMLResponse;
    }

Bill Screen
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Universal Orlando Resort

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