Question: When I execute HttpWebRequest.GetResponse on URL with 404 status, GetResponse returns "The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found." exception instead of response, before I can retrieve the HttpStatusCode. Why is that? What can I do?
You can really test this strange "feature" on next source code. HttpWebRequest works with "404 Not Found" web response in the same way as with real errors - Connection failure, Timeout, NameResolutionFailure and other real errors. Next GetResponse function really returns Nothing when URL returns 404, 500 or other status codes, not regular HttpWebResponse object. To really get a response, you have to use System.Net.WebException instead of HttpWebRequest.GetResponse when the "404" exception occurs:
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