How to convert PDF to XML from URL asynchronously for PDF to XML API in VB.NET with PDF.co Web API

How to convert PDF to XML from URL asynchronously for PDF to XML API in VB.NET: Step By Step Tutorial

The sample source codes on this page will demonstrate you how to make PDF to XML API in VB.NET. PDF to XML API in VB.NET can be implemented with PDF.co Web API. PDF.co Web API is the flexible Web API that includes full set of functions from e-signature requests to data extraction, OCR, images recognition, pdf splitting and pdf splitting. Can also generate barcodes and read barcodes from images, scans and pdf.

Fast application programming interfaces of PDF.co Web API for VB.NET plus the instruction and the code below will help to learn how to convert PDF to XML from URL asynchronously. Sample code in VB.NET is all you need. Copy-paste it to your the code editor, then add a reference to PDF.co Web API and you are ready to try it! Enjoy writing a code with ready-to-use sample VB.NET codes to add PDF to XML API functions using PDF.co Web API in VB.NET.

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Module1.vb
      
Imports System.IO Imports System.Net Imports System.Threading Imports Newtonsoft.Json.Linq ' Cloud API asynchronous "PDF To XML" 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 = "***********************************" ' Direct URL of source PDF file. Const SourceFileUrl As String = "https://bytescout-com.s3.amazonaws.com/files/demo-files/cloud-api/pdf-to-xml/sample.pdf" ' Comma-separated list of page indices (or ranges) to process. Leave empty for all pages. Example: '0,2-5,7-'. Const Pages As String = "" ' PDF document password. Leave empty for unprotected documents. Const Password As String = "" ' Destination XML file name Const DestinationFile As String = ".\result.xml" ' (!) 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 `PDF To XML` API call Dim query As String = Uri.EscapeUriString(String.Format( "https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/convert/to/xml?name={0}&password={1}&pages={2}&url={3}&async={4}", Path.GetFileName(DestinationFile), Password, 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 XML file that will available after the job completion Dim resultFileUrl 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 XML file webClient.DownloadFile(resultFileUrl, DestinationFile) Console.WriteLine("Generated XML file saved as ""{0}"" file.", DestinationFile) 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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