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Windows API for NNTP/SMTP/POP

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What options do I have for directly using NNTP/SMTP or POP protocols from a Visual C++, or Visual Basic app?

I want to be able to add news posting and email send-receive to an application.

What is the Windows API to these internet services?
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There's no specific API, the only way to access them is to use a control to open a tcp/ip socket to the server and then speak the appropriate protocol.

At the lowest level is direct socket programming, or the Winsock control, but you'd have to learn and implement each server's protocol. Much better would be to use one of the controls available that implement the protocols for you and so have a very high-level interface.
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You need to do Windows Socket programming.

The following Web site provides Winsock Programming tutorial. There is an NNTP/SMTP/POP3 client example.
http://users.neca.com/vmis/wsock.htm

For SMTP and POP3, you can also use the following code directly.

http://www.codeguru.com/internet/smtp2.shtml
http://www.codeguru.com/internet/smtp.shtml

http://www.codeguru.com/internet/mailchecker.shtml
http://www.codeguru.com/internet/pop3_protocol_class_wrapper.shtml
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Excellent, thanks, chensu.  I had no idea that neca.com site was available.  What a brilliant resource.

Are you aware of any cheap or free high-level libraries that wrap Winsock?

Thanks again.
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Thanks again!
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