I want to get the page content (so i can parse the tags/short-codes in it), but i don't want to output the result itself to the browser (i.e. echo=0).
I tried get_the_content(); but its the same deal.
Where are you doing your code parsing? If you're doing it directly in the template file, inside the Loop, then you should be using
However, it might be more efficient to filter
If, for whatever reason, you just want to parse
You can try this :