WebClient.OpenRead Method (Uri)
Assembly: System (in system.dll)
'Declaration Public Function OpenRead ( _ address As Uri _ ) As Stream 'Usage Dim instance As WebClient Dim address As Uri Dim returnValue As Stream returnValue = instance.OpenRead(address)
The URI specified as a Uri from which to download data.
Return ValueA Stream used to read data from a resource.
The OpenRead method creates a Stream instance used to read the contents of the resource specified by the address parameter. This method blocks while opening the stream. To continue executing while waiting for the stream, use one of the OpenReadAsync methods.
If the BaseAddress property is not an empty string ("") and address does not contain an absolute URI, address must be a relative URI that is combined with BaseAddress to form the absolute URI of the requested data. If the QueryString property is not a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), it is appended to address.
This method uses the RETR command to download an FTP resource. For an HTTP resource, the GET method is used.
You must call Stream.Close when finished with the Stream to avoid running out of system resources.
Note This member outputs trace information when you enable network tracing in your application. For more information, see Network Tracing.