Question: I have what may sound like a bit odd of a question that I am hoping you may be able to help with or point me in the right direction. There is a console application that is used in part of our application. It has been a fairly long time since I had to write one of these and it has been a definite challenge. There is one problem that I cant seem to figure out. In part of the application I need to open a web page. Any ideas on how I can do this?
Answer: Long live the mighty console application! Within a console application the system.Diagnostics.Process.start function should do the trick. This starts the process associated with a string. In this case the browser when a URL is entered.
The following code is a simple example of accepting a URL entered by the user and the starting the browser.
Dim uIn As TextReader = Console.In
Dim uOut As TextWriter = Console.Out
uOut.WriteLine("Command Line Launcher")
uOut.Write("Enter the URL to load: ")
Dim name As String = uIn.ReadLine()
'' Enter the URL - http://blogs.msdn.com/trobbins