Retrieve the content of a web page

As we mentioned in the introduction paper, the Restlet framework is at the same time a client and a server framework. For example, Restlet can easily work with remote resources using its HTTP client connector. A connector in REST is a software element that enables the communication between components, typically by implementing one side of a network protocol. Restlet provides several implementations of client connectors based on existing open-source projects. The connectors section lists all available client and server connectors and explain how to use and configure them.

Here we will get the representation of an existing resource and output it in the JVM console:

// Outputting the content of a Web page
new ClientResource("").get().write(System.out);

Note that the example above uses a simplified way to issue calls via the ClientResource class. If you need multi-threading or more control it is still possible to manipulate use the Client connector class or the Request objects directly. The example below how to set some preferences in your client call, like a referrer URI. It could also be the languages and media types you prefer to receive as a response:

// Create the client resource
ClientResource resource = new ClientResource("");

// Customize the referrer property

// Write the response entity on the console