Today, I needed to retrieve an HTML document not local to my website from within an ASP application and display its content. I've written some time ago another ActiveX component, but I wanted it this time without any components.
Therefore, I used PerlScript that comes with ActivePerl to write two small functions in Perl and use them from within normal (VBScript-)ASP.
Just Two Functions
The functions are called
GetUrlBody(url). Both functions return the content of an arbitrary URL as a
string. The first function returns the whole content, whereas the second function returns only what is inside the
The usage of the functions is very easy, just call them with the URL you wish to retrieve. E.g.
Besides the latest version of ActiveState's ActivePerl, you need to download and install the libwww-perl from cpan.org.