Trying to open a socket

This is the code I am using to try to open a socket using
win32 APIs :

#include <Winsock2.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
     char url[14];
     SOCKET socket;
     SOCKADDR_IN ip_addrs;
     int connResult = 0;

     //Setting up the IP Address structure
     ip_addrs.sin_family = SOCK_STREAM;
     ip_addrs.sin_port = 25;
     ip_addrs.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b1 = 189;
     ip_addrs.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b2 = 136;
     ip_addrs.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b3 = 145;
     ip_addrs.sin_addr.S_un.S_un_b.s_b4 = 10;

     printf("Starting mail application \n");
     printf("Name length = %d\n",sizeof(ip_addrs));

     connResult = connect(socket,(sockaddr*)&ip_addrs,sizeof(ip_addrs));
     if(connResult==0) printf("Connection OK...!\n");
     else printf("Connection Failed...!!!\n");
     return 0;

I think everything is ok. However, compilation fails and throws the following error :

MainBlock.obj : error LNK2001: unresolved external symbol __imp__connect@12
Debug/MyMail2.exe : fatal error LNK1120: 1 unresolved externals
Error executing link.exe.

MyMail2.exe - 2 error(s), 2 warning(s)

Any idea what could be happening? If not, please would you
let me know how to open a socket connection using win32 APIs?


Thanks a lot for your time.
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newmangConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The error you are getting is not a coding error, it indicates that the linker cannot find one of the SDK functions it needs to include to create the executable. Are you including the windows socket library file(s) in your linker path? You need to add the relevent winsock*.lib file to your linker library path.

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dyma82Author Commented:
Yes, that is true. I just wanted to get answers from to different kind of developers C++ and C. However, that is a good idea since I won't be lossing my other 50 points. I'll keep that in mine thanks.


Yes, I think that is probably the problem. I thought I only had to #include <Winsock2.h>

How do I know which is the library I have to include in my linker's path. I mean the library which I guess would back up <Winsock2.h>???

I appologize if this is a silly question, but I am a Java programmer that all of a sudden find himself immerse in the super detailed world of C and C++.

Thansk in advance.
dyma82Author Commented:
Thanks a lot. That was the problem, and I found that the library I was missing was Ws2_32.lib. As soon as I include it it worked.

Thanks again!
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