Sending request and receiving response is not enough when we have to emulate browsing through a website. For example, we might need to login, capture and carry-on the cookies to preserve the session, follow the redirects, make requests to get dynamic content… in the same way as in the real Internet browser.
HttpBrowser is a tool just for that. It sends requests for you; handles
301 and 302 redirections automatically, reads and preserve cookies across the requests and so on.
Usage is simple:
HttpBrowser browser = new HttpBrowser(); HttpRequest request = HttpRequest.get("www.facebook.com"); browser.sendRequest(request); // request is sent and response is received // process the HTML page String page = browser.getPage(); // create new request HttpRequest newRequest = HttpRequest.post(formAction); browser.sendRequest(newRequest);
HttpBrowser instance handles all the cookies, allowing session to be tracked while
browsing using HTTP and supports keep-alive persistent connections.