I am using the following function to receive XML data from a URL.

Is there a more efficient method for retrieving this XML data?

Public Function UserLocation() As String


        Dim XML As Object = Server.CreateObject("MSXML2.DOMDocument.6.0")
        Dim getXML As String = "<URL>"
        XML.async = "false"
        XML.resolveExternals = "false"
        XML.setProperty("ServerHTTPRequest", True)

        Return XML.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("name").Text

    Catch e As Exception

        Return False

    End Try

End Function
  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to Code Review! I hope you get some great answers. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phrancis
    Aug 22, 2016 at 1:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ as for me, it's an awful way to work with XML \$\endgroup\$ Aug 22, 2016 at 10:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ What exactly do you mean by efficient? In terms of code size, this is already efficient. How can you ever return a boolean from a function that is declared to return a string? \$\endgroup\$ Jul 3, 2017 at 6:56

1 Answer 1


I am giving code feedback based on c# however I think you can apply that to vb.

You can leverage the HttpWebRequest class to extract the xml response.

public static XmlDocument MakeRequest(string requestUrl)
        HttpWebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(requestUrl) as HttpWebRequest;
        HttpWebResponse response = request.GetResponse() as HttpWebResponse;    
        XmlDocument xmlDoc = new XmlDocument();
        return (xmlDoc);    
    catch (Exception e)
        return null;

Then you can invoke the function with requested url which has xml response.

XmlDocument locationsResponse = MakeRequest(locationsRequest);

Now in the ProcessResponse function you can extract the value from XmlDocument using either XPath query or linq to xml.

 static public void ProcessResponse(XmlDocument doc)
       // Here you query the doc..           

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