simulate post of .htm page to remotely hosted web-service

Discussion in 'ASP .Net Web Services' started by John A Grandy, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. i'm communicating over vpn with a private web-server meant for
    data-provision to intermediaries.

    the web-server does not validate credentials. it just immediately returns
    data in xml-doc format.

    the only working tool i have is a html page (.HTM file) written by someone
    else
    (someone who is long gone). (it might be a java applet ... but i'm not sure
    how to figure this out)

    the page is very simple. just a <textarea> and a <input type=submit>
    button.

    a long alphanumeric string is entered into the textbox

    (that the string must with a "^" character -- a "full stop").

    clicking the button triggers a JavaScript function that calls form.submit
    and posts the the data to a URL.

    the xml-doc data returned to the browser is displayed in the <textarea>
    control.

    "view source" on the IE 6 browser hosting the page reveals only a very
    simple block of html

    a <textarea> element is used for data-entry.

    i can't disclose the actual url -- but its similar to

    "https://www.somecompany.com:5555/someservice.asmx/somefunction"

    or

    "https://nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn:5555/someservice.asmx/somefunction"


    .... so apparently the web-server is hosting a .net web-service ...

    i would like to simulate this data-retrieval process in .NET code ...

    how to go about this ?
     
    John A Grandy, Aug 25, 2004
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