Sending requests and receiving responses 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 pageString page = browser.getPage();// create new requestHttpRequest newRequest = HttpRequest.post(formAction);browser.sendRequest(newRequest);
HttpBrowser instance handles all the cookies, allowing the session to be tracked while browsing using HTTP and supports keep-alive persistent connections.