This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
Plus, its better to use a well documented and well tested library, such as the Apache HTTP client software than to write your own. You will get the mainline code to work, but there are lots of edge cases that someone else has solved before you even start.