Simple way to output XML in ASP.NET MVC

Another post to document something that I really don't want to have to look up ever again. I simply wanted to output XML to the browser window using ASP.NET MVC. Sounds easy, simply use:

public ContentResult Index()
    StringWriter writer = new StringWriter();
    return this.Content(writer.ToString(), @"text/xml", writer.Encoding);

But no luck; IE7's CSS would not display the XML since IIS ASP.NET defaults to UTF-16 and the previous page was UTF-8? Yes, both pages were correctly tagged with there encoding and correctly identified by IE as UTF-8 or UTF-16. It just wouldn't process the later. Whats up with that; can't these MS kids get along. So did a search and found a soluiton posted by Robert McLaw using a modified StringWriter that accepted an encoding which would worked very nicely:

public class StringWriterWithEncoding : StringWriter
Encoding encoding;
public StringWriterWithEncoding(Encoding encoding)
  this.encoding = encoding;
public override Encoding Encoding
  get { return encoding; }

To implement, just use the new writer and set it's encoding as desired:

public ContentResult Index()
   StringWriterWithEncoding writer = new StringWriterWithEncoding(Encoding.UTF8);
   return this.Content(writer.ToString(), @"text/xml", writer.Encoding);



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Very simple wysiwyg console

I found this script at webmasterworld to write out HTML or JavaScript to an IFrame on the page; acts as a very simple wysiwyg console:

<title>HomeWork 1.0</title> 
<script type="text/javascript"><!-- 

function Txt2Frame() { 


<form name="test_form"> 
<textarea onChange="Javascript:Txt2Frame(CharT.value);" name="CharT" cols="10" rows="5"></textarea> 

<iframe frameborder="1" scrolling="0" name="my_frame" width="300" height="55"></iframe> 




Simple method to download Web resource

Had to look this up - again - so writing a quick note for future reference.

public static string Download(string url)
    HttpWebRequest httpWebRequest =

    HttpWebResponse httpWebResponse =

    Stream stream = httpWebResponse.GetResponseStream();

    StreamReader streamReader =
      new StreamReader(stream, Encoding.ASCII);

    return streamReader.ReadToEnd();



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