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I've written quite a few extensions that need a way to fetch data from the web. Sometimes I've used file_get_contents sometimes cURL, other times I've sucked in (geddit!) Guzzle. Each of those has it's own requirements.

Just want to check that CiviCRM does not offer a service/wrapper for this that knows what is available? What's recommended?

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I'm unsure what's recommended, but there are several patterns (at least) through the codebase:

I like using Guzzle in extensions - but I'm uncertain what would happen if CiviCRM core now decided to bundle a different version of Guzzle to the one used in my extensions?

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