ActiveXperts Network Component


Visual Basic HTTP Get and HTTP Post Sample Source Code

Network Component provides an easy-to-use development interface to a variety of IP protocols. By using Network Component, you can very easily create or enhance applications with network features.

Network Component features the following: DNS, FTP, HTTP, HTTPs, ICMP Ping, IP-to-Country, MSN, NTP, RSH, SCP, SFTP, SNMP v1/v2c (Get, GetNext, Set), SNMP Traps, SNMP MIB, SSH, TCP, Telnet, TFTP, UDP, Telnet, Wake-On-LAN and more.

Network Component can be well integrated into any development platform that supports ActiveX objects.

The most important functions of the Http object are:

  • Connect - connect to the (remote) HTTP web server on port 80 or any alternate port; optionally, use proxy credentials to use a proxy server; optionally, specify a web account and password for password protected web sites
  • Disconnect - to diconnect after a connect call;
  • ReadData - read all data from a web page;
  • WriteData - write data to a web page.

Step 1: Download and install the Network Component

Download Network Component from the ActiveXperts Download Site and start the installation. The installation guides you through the installation process.

Step 2: Create a new Visual Basic project

Launch 'Microsoft Visual Basic' from the Start menu, and choose 'New' from the 'File Menu'. The 'New Project' dialog appears.
Select 'Standard Exe' and click 'OK':

Visual Basic

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Step 3: Refer to the Network Component Library and create the objects

A new Project is created, with a blank form.

First, you must add a reference to Network Component in the project to be able to use the object. To do so, choose 'References...' from the 'Project' menu. In the 'References' dialog that pops up, enable the 'Network Component 3.1 Type Library' reference as shown in the following picture:

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Click 'OK' to close the 'References...' dialog.

Then, select the Project form and choose 'View Code' from the context menu:

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On top of your code, declare the following object:

Public objFtpServer As AxNetwork.FtpServer

Step 4: Create the object

From the Code window, select 'Form'. The Private Sub 'Form_Load()' will be displayed now. In the 'Form Load' function, create the object in the following way:

Set objHttp = CreateObject("AxNetwork.Http")

Appendix: Full source code

 Option Explicit
Dim objHttp As AxNetwork.HttpEx

Private Declare Function GetTempPath Lib "kernel32" Alias "GetTempPathA" (ByVal nBufferLength As Long, ByVal lpBuffer As String) As Long
Private Const MAX_PATH = 260


Private Sub Form_Load()
  Set objHttp = CreateObject("AxNetwork.HttpEx")

End Sub


Private Sub btnGo_Click()
  Dim strData
  objHttp.WebAccount = txtWebAccount.Text
  objHttp.WebPassword = txtWebPassword.Text
  objHttp.ProxyAccount = txtProxyAccount.Text
  objHttp.ProxyPassword = txtProxyPassword.Text
  objHttp.ProxyServer = txtProxyServer.Text
  objHttp.LogFile = txtLogFile.Text
  strData = objHttp.Get(txtUrl.Text)
  If (objHttp.LastError = 0) Then
      txtOutput.Text = strData
      txtOutput.Text = "N/A"
  End If
End Sub


Private Sub btnView_Click()
  If FileExists(txtLogFile.Text) = True Then
      Shell "notepad " + txtLogFile.Text, vbNormalFocus
  End If
End Sub


Public Function FileExists(sFileName As String) As Boolean
  FileExists = CBool(Len(Dir$(sFileName))) And CBool(Len(sFileName))
End Function


Private Function SetDefaultLogFile()
  Dim Buffer As String
  Buffer = Space(MAX_PATH)
  If GetTempPath(MAX_PATH, Buffer) <> 0 Then
      txtLogFile.Text = Left$(Buffer, InStr(Buffer, vbNullChar) - 1) & "Http.log"
      txtLogFile.Text = "C:\Http.log"
  End If
End Function


Private Function GetResult()
  GetResult = objHttp.LastError
  txtResult.Text = objHttp.LastError & ": " & objHttp.GetErrorDescription(objHttp.LastError)
End Function


Private Sub txtOutput_Change()

End Sub 

You can download the complete sample on our FTP site There are many other working Network Component scripts on our site and shipped with the product.

NOTE: Demo Projects are created with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

The Network Component project ships with a set of Microsoft Visual Studio .NET samples, including samples for Microsoft Visual C# .NET. The projects are created with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.

Users with a later version of Microsoft Visual Studio can open such a project. The Visual Studio Conversion Wizard will guide you through the process of converting the project to the version used.