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Getting workItems programmaticaly with oslc api

Michał Łusiak (556) | asked Feb 04 '11, 4:49 a.m.
I was trying to get some workitems from RTC with oslc api.

I was using tips from this article:

The only difference is, that I'm using C#, but that shouldn't be a problem

When I create http request to authenticate via form, i get in response site, that has "loading..." in it. I guess it is the splash page, that shows, while the actual rtc is loading. When I try to access any work item, by requesting f.e. <server>:<port>/ccm/oslc/workitems/45.json I get the same "loading..." page in request.

What could be wrong? I'll appreciate any hint.


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Marat Fayzullin (16) | answered Feb 04 '11, 5:50 a.m.
You need to set Accept param in Header section when you send request to server.

HttpGet httpGet = new HttpGet(url);

httpGet.setHeader("Accept", "application/x-oslc-cm-change-request+xml");

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Michał Łusiak (556) | answered Oct 23 '12, 7:01 p.m.
 The actual problem was, that I didn't handle cookies well, and didn't get authorize.

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navneet kumar (02) | answered Jun 13 '13, 2:26 a.m.
edited Jun 13 '13, 2:27 a.m.
 Not sure if this is still of any relevance, you can use following code. This also shows how to set cookiecontainer:
 public static HttpWebResponse requestSecureDocument(HttpWebRequest _request, string _rtcServerURL, string _userName, string _password)
             //FormBasedAuth Step1: Request the resource and clone the request to be used later
            HttpWebRequest _requestClone = WebRequestExtensions.CloneRequest(_request, _request.RequestUri);//(HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(request.RequestUri);

            //store the response in _docResponse variable
            HttpWebResponse _docResponse = (HttpWebResponse)_request.GetResponse();

            //HttpStatusCode.OK indicates that the request succeeded and that the requested information is in the response.
            if (_docResponse.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.OK)
                //X-com-ibm-team-repository-web-auth-msg header signifies form based authentication is being used
                string _rtcAuthHeader = _docResponse.Headers["X-com-ibm-team-repository-web-auth-msg"];
                if ((_rtcAuthHeader != null) && _rtcAuthHeader.Equals("authrequired"))

                    //Prepare form for authentication as _rtcAuthHeader = authrequired
                    HttpWebRequest _formPost = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(_rtcServerURL + "/j_security_check");
                    _formPost.Method = "POST";
                    _formPost.Timeout = 30000;
                    _formPost.CookieContainer = _request.CookieContainer;
                    _formPost.Accept = "text/xml";
                    _formPost.ContentType = "application/x-www-form-urlencoded";

                    String _authString = "j_username=" + _userName + "&j_password=" + _password; //create authentication string
                    Byte[] _outBuffer = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(_authString); //store in byte buffer
                    _formPost.ContentLength = _outBuffer.Length;
                    Stream _str = _formPost.GetRequestStream();
                    _str.Write(_outBuffer, 0, _outBuffer.Length); //update form

                    //FormBasedAuth Step2:submit the login form and get the response from the server
                    HttpWebResponse _formResponse = (HttpWebResponse)_formPost.GetResponse();

                    _rtcAuthHeader = _formResponse.Headers["X-com-ibm-team-repository-web-auth-msg"];
                    //check if authentication has failed
                    if ((_rtcAuthHeader != null) && _rtcAuthHeader.Equals("authfailed"))
                         //authentication failed. You can write code to handle the authentication failure.
                        //if (DEBUG) Console.WriteLine("Authentication Failure");
                        //login successful
                        //FormBasedAuth Step3: Resend the request for the protected resource.
                        //if (DEBUG) Console.WriteLine(">> Response " + request.RequestUri);
                        return (HttpWebResponse)_requestClone.GetResponse();
            //already authenticated return original response_docResponse
            return _docResponse;
You can call this function in your code -
   string _serverURL = https://localhost:9443/ccm; 
            string _resourceURL = "https://localhost:9443/ccm/rootservices";

            string mediatype = "application/xml";
            string username = "username";                                    
            string password = "password";
                CookieContainer _cookies = new CookieContainer();//create cookie container
                HttpWebRequest documentGet = (HttpWebRequest)WebRequest.Create(_resourceURL);
                documentGet.Method = "GET"; //method
                documentGet.CookieContainer = _cookies; //set container for HttpWebRequest 
                documentGet.Accept = mediatype;
                documentGet.Headers.Set("OSLC-Core-Version", "3.0"); //for RTC
                documentGet.Timeout = 300000;
                HttpWebResponse response = requestSecureDocument(documentGet, _serverURL, username, password);

                if (response.StatusCode != HttpStatusCode.OK)
                    Console.WriteLine(" Error: " + response.StatusDescription);
            catch (Exception ex)
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