Convert C# and VB.NET

If, like me, you post pieces of code for others to view, I imagine you'll often do so in the language of your choice (and more than likely it will be C# or VB.NET). However, for some beginners it's often quite hard to grasp these examples if they are written in a language you are not familiar with.

I had this scenario when one of the visitors to my site wanted to see an example in C#, but I had written the article using VB.BET. It wasn't too hard for me to convert it, but it did mean that I had to write the example twice. I looked around for an automatic converter that would help me do this, and by far the best one I found was the one from Carlos Aguilar Mares. His Code Translator allows you to enter some in code in either C# or VB.NET and it will output the code in the opposite langauge. The beauty of how he coded the translator is that it is done via an "ashx" handler. After speaking to Carlos, I decided that I'd try to implement this automatically on my site my calling his handler directly (you can see an example of it in action here).

To call his handler, I simply had to make a httpWebRequest, pass in the "from" and "to" language, let his handler do it's magic and then read the response by using httpWebResponse. I've broken the way I do it down into a simple function just for demonstration purposes (my site uses a few Regular Expressions in case I have more than one example on the page) but in it's basic form, this is how it can be done:

<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="Default1.aspx.vb" Inherits="Default1" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">

<html xmlns="" >
head id="Head1" runat="server">
<title>Untitled Page</title>
    <form id="form1" runat="server">
<asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Label"></asp:Label>


Imports System.IO
Imports System.Net

Partial Class Default1

    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Label1.Text = CarlosAGConvertVBNETToCSharp("Dim s As String")
    End Sub


    Public Function CarlosAGConvertVBNETToCSharp(ByVal Code As String) As String

            Dim strURL As String = ""
Dim strPostData As New StringBuilder
            Dim strResult As String
Dim wbrqLogin As HttpWebRequest
            Dim wbrsLogin As HttpWebResponse
            Dim swLogin As StreamWriter
            Dim srLogin As StreamReader
' Set the URL to post to and the login info to post
            strURL = ""

            ' Create the string to send to the web service
' Create the web request
wbrqLogin = WebRequest.Create(strURL)
            wbrqLogin.Method = "POST"
wbrqLogin.ContentLength = strPostData.Length
            wbrqLogin.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded"
wbrqLogin.CookieContainer = New CookieContainer
' Post the data
  swLogin = New StreamWriter(wbrqLogin.GetRequestStream)
' Read the returned data
wbrsLogin = wbrqLogin.GetResponse
            srLogin = New StreamReader(wbrsLogin.GetResponseStream)
            strResult &= srLogin.ReadToEnd.Trim
            Return strResult
        Catch ex As Exception
            Return "Sorry, an error occurred. You can try manually converting your code by going to <a href=""""></a>."

         End Try

     End Function

End Class

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