17.6. WebClient: Talking to Web Servers Interactively

In Section 17.4 (Example: A Network Client That Retrieves URLs) and Section 17.5 (The URL Class) we illustrated how easy it is to connect to a Web server and request a document. The programs presented accept a URL from the command line and display the retrieved page to the output stream. In this section, we present WebClient, a simple graphical interface to HTTP servers. This program, Listing 17.13, accepts an HTTP request line and request headers from the user. When the user presses Submit Request, the request and headers are sent to the server, followed by a blank line. The response is displayed in a scrolling text area. Downloading is performed in a separate thread so that the user can ...

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