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    Domino V10 - HTTP Requests and REST Services from Lotus Script

    Daniel Nashed  11 October 2018 22:55:16

    One of the long missed features in Lotus Script is to work with HTTP requests.
    Since Notes/Domino V10 you can now use HTTP requests directly from Lotus Script -- For example to query data from a website or from a REST service.

    In the beta I played around with it already. I was specially interested in authentication and HTTPS.

    HTTPS now works and authentication can be implemented on your own. The a bit tricky part is the Base64 routine that you need for the authorization header. But there is a way to leverage the MIME classes for that.

    So the following example helps you to get started. It builds the authentication header and also uses HTTPs to request a website.

    Tip: Depending on the request you might run into issues with too many redirects which the function does not follow automatically. So you have to increase the limit as shown in the example.

    For HTTPS the certificate needs to be verified. I have tested with my Let's Encrypt Certificated and it worked well.

    Another tip: If you run into issues with certificates or other parts of the NotesHTTPRequest, there is a debug notes.ini setting Debug_NotesHTTPRequest=1.

    I have tested the following example with the Notes V10 GA client.

    The Designer help has some additional information also for the other functions of that class.


    -- Daniel


    Dim Session As New NotesSession        
    Dim ret As String
    Dim URL As String
    Dim headers As Variant
    Dim user As String
    Dim password As String
    Dim webRequest As NotesHTTPRequest
    Set webRequest = session.createhttprequest()

           user =
           password =
           URL =
    Call webRequest.Setheaderfield("Authorization", "Basic " + EncodeBase64 (user + ":" + password))
           ret  = webrequest.Get(URL)

           headers = webRequest.GetResponseHeaders()

    ForAll h In headers
                   MessageBox h

    End ForAll
    MessageBox ret

    EncodeBase64 (StrIn As String) As String
    Dim session As New NotesSession
    Dim stream As NotesStream
    Dim db As NotesDatabase
    Dim doc As NotesDocument
    Dim body As NotesMIMEEntity
    Set stream = session.CreateStream
    Call stream.WriteText (StrIn)
    Set db = session.CurrentDatabase
    Set doc = db.CreateDocument
    Set body  = doc.CreateMIMEEntity
    Call body.SetContentFromText (stream, "", ENC_NONE)
    Call body.EncodeContent (ENC_BASE64)
           EncodeBase64 = Replace(Replace(body.ContentAsText, Chr(13),""), Chr(10),"")
    Call stream.Close
    Set doc = Nothing



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