Word-list API calls in VB.Net
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Word-list API calls in VB.Net
Hello. My language of choice is VB.Net. I wrote some code to use the API's Wordlist feature and thought maybe others could benefit from this.
What I did was create a new Web Application in Visual Studio, added a "web form" to the project. The HTML in my .aspx file looks something like this...
<%@ Page Language="vb" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.vb" Inherits="OxfordAPI._Default" %> <!DOCTYPE html> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head runat="server"> <title></title> </head> <body> <form id="form1" runat="server"> <div id="status" runat="server"></div> <div id="main" runat="server"></div> </form> </body> </html>
And my VB in my .aspx.vb file looks like this...
Imports System Imports System.Net Imports System.IO Imports Newtonsoft.Json Imports Newtonsoft.Json.Linq Public Class _Default Inherits System.Web.UI.Page Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load Dim app_id As String = "YourAppID" Dim app_key As String = "YourAppKey" 'the following line is the parameters for the WordList call (edit as needed) Dim params As String = "lexicalCategory=noun?exclude=grammaticalFeatures=abbreviation&word_length=%3C6&exact=false" 'Put the whole URL together Dim url = "https://od-api.oxforddictionaries.com:443/api/v1/wordlist/en/" & params ' Create a request for the URL. Dim request As WebRequest = WebRequest.Create(url) 'set the credentials. request.Headers.Add("app_id:" & app_id) request.Headers.Add("app_key:" & app_key) ' Get the response. Dim response As WebResponse = request.GetResponse() ' Display the status on the page status.InnerHtml = "STATUS: " & CType(response, HttpWebResponse).StatusDescription ' Get the stream containing content returned by the server. Dim dataStream As Stream = response.GetResponseStream() ' Open the stream using a StreamReader for easy access. Dim reader As New StreamReader(dataStream) ' Read the content. Dim responseFromServer As String = reader.ReadToEnd() 'as the results come in the form of Json, we need to extract all the words using a loop Dim rootResults = JObject.Parse(responseFromServer) Dim results As List(Of JToken) = rootResults.Children().ToList Dim newHTML As String = "" For Each item As JProperty In results item.CreateReader() Select Case item.Name Case "results" For Each subitem As JObject In item.Values newHTML = newHTML & "<br />" & subitem("word").ToString Next End Select Next ' Display the content. main.InnerHtml = newHTML ' Clean up the streams and the response. reader.Close() response.Close() End Sub End Class
Keep in mind that this code can easily be converted to C#, if that is what you prefer. If you want the VB code for other API end points, the above code could be modified to achieve it.
I hope someone finds this useful