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     Does anybody know if there is a library that does the following?  I want to be able to, while connected to a ppp connection, download from a ftp, upload, read email, send email, change directory... You know, stuff to do with the Internet.  If there is a library like the one Internet Explorer or Netscape uses, that's the type I need.
The library I need is for Microsoft C, on an IBM....
The PPP connection would be provided by the Dial-Up network program in Win95...  Or whatever program dials
the Internet and connects to it. Win95 is prefered but
Win3.1 or WinNT could also be used.


 Thanks in advance.



           -Brian Hogan
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There is no library that actually does tasks like "show me a web page". That's what web browsers are for. However, if you want to write your own application that uses the Internet under Windows, you would use a software standard called Windows Sockets (Winsock). This is a standard developed by Microsoft and others which allows you to program all types of web applications, regardless of your hardware (dialup, direct connection etc.) and software (windows NT, 95, 3.x and the dialup program - Windows DUN or any other). The package comes with most Windows compilers and in any case it is freeware and can be downloaded from Microsoft's FTP site (rhino.microsoft.com).

Unfortunately learning to use this package is not trivial. Here are a couple of recommended programs and articles to get you started:

1. Allard, J., et. al., "Plug into Serious Network Programming with the Windows Sockets API", in Microsoft Systems Journal, July 1993, Microsoft Press, pp. 35-50.

2. Allard, J., et. al., "WormHole: A Sample WinSock Application". Sample app with source code and comments, available in MS's FTP site, rhino.microsoft.com. An explanation of this source and how it was written is found in [1].

3. Hall, M., et. al., "Windows Sockets: An Open Interface for Network Programming under Microsoft Windows", aka "The Winsock Specification", Version 1.1, Microdyne, Inc., January 1993. Available online at ftp://microdyne.com/pub/winsock and also comes with Borland C++ (filename winsock.hlp). This is a technical discussion of Winsock and is intended as a reference, not a beginner's manual.

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