How to split PDF from URL asynchronously for PDF splitting API in VB.NET with PDF.co Web API

See how to split PDF from URL asynchronously to have PDF splitting API in VB.NET

We’ve created and updating regularly our sample code library so you may quickly learn PDF splitting API and the step-by-step process in VB.NET. PDF.co Web API was made to help with PDF splitting API in VB.NET. PDF.co Web API is the Web API with a set of tools for documents manipulation, data conversion, data extraction, splitting and merging of documents. Includes image recognition, built-in OCR, barcode generation and barcode decoders to decode bar codes from scans, pictures and pdf.

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Module1.vb
      
Imports System.IO Imports System.Net Imports System.Threading Imports Newtonsoft.Json.Linq ' Cloud API asynchronous "Split PDF" job example. ' Allows to avoid timeout errors when processing huge or scanned PDF documents. Module Module1 ' The authentication key (API Key). ' Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api Const API_KEY As String = "***********************************" ' Source PDF file to split Const SourceFileUrl As String = "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-split/sample.pdf" ' Comma-separated list of page numbers (or ranges) to process. Example: '1,3-5,7-'. Const Pages As String = "1-2,3-" ' (!) Make asynchronous job Const Async As Boolean = True Sub Main() ' Create standard .NET web client instance Dim webClient As WebClient = New WebClient() ' Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY) ' Prepare URL for `Split PDF` API call Dim query As String = Uri.EscapeUriString(String.Format( "https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/split?pages={0}&url={1}&async={2}", Pages, SourceFileUrl, Async)) Try ' Execute request Dim response As String = webClient.DownloadString(query) ' Parse JSON response Dim json As JObject = JObject.Parse(response) If json("error").ToObject(Of Boolean) = False Then ' Asynchronous job ID Dim jobId As String = json("jobId").ToString() ' URL of generated JSON file available after the job completion; it will contain URLs of result PDF files. Dim resultJsonFileUrl As String = json("url").ToString() ' Check the job status in a loop. ' If you don't want to pause the main thread you can rework the code ' to use a separate thread for the status checking and completion. Do Dim status As String = CheckJobStatus(jobId) ' Possible statuses: "working", "failed", "aborted", "success". ' Display timestamp and status (for demo purposes) Console.WriteLine(DateTime.Now.ToLongTimeString() + ": " + status) If status = "success" Then ' Download JSON file as string Dim jsonFileString As String = webClient.DownloadString(resultJsonFileUrl) Dim resultFilesUrls As JArray = JArray.Parse(jsonFileString) ' Download generated PDF files Dim part As Integer = 1 For Each token As JToken In resultFilesUrls Dim resultFileUrl As String = token.ToString() Dim localFileName As String = String.Format(".\part{0}.pdf", part) webClient.DownloadFile(resultFileUrl, localFileName) Console.WriteLine("Downloaded ""{0}"".", localFileName) part = part + 1 Next Exit Do ElseIf status = "working" Then ' Pause for a few seconds Thread.Sleep(3000) Else Console.WriteLine(status) Exit Do End If Loop Else Console.WriteLine(json("message").ToString()) End If Catch ex As WebException Console.WriteLine(ex.ToString()) End Try webClient.Dispose() Console.WriteLine() Console.WriteLine("Press any key...") Console.ReadKey() End Sub Function CheckJobStatus(jobId As String) As String Using webClient As WebClient = New WebClient() ' Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY) Dim url As String = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/job/check?jobid=" + jobId Dim response As String = webClient.DownloadString(url) Dim json As JObject = JObject.Parse(response) Return Convert.ToString(json("status")) End Using End Function End Module

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <packages> <package id="Newtonsoft.Json" version="10.0.3" targetFramework="net40" /> </packages>

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