Validate email address on MFC dialog

I am storing email address in my database & mails will be sent to them automatically.
User can specify email address in text box of MFC dialog. I would like to know is there any validation i can do for the same like javascript validation.
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KurtVonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The only way to validate an email address is to email to it and wait for a reply.  Spammers would probably love some sort of automated validation, but it doesn't exist or they would be using it for harvesting purposes.

You can, however make sure the email address is in a valid format.  It should contain only one @, have text before and after that, and the text after should be a valid domain name.  Valid domain names have at least one ".", and conatian only alphanumerics and the "-" character.

Hope this helps.
You can do a lookup on the domain name to make sure it is a valid domain (use gethostbyname() for example).

Ths can be a lengthy operation depending on how good your access to the names server is.
I faced a similar problem before and tried looking up host name,etc but it turned out to be too wasteful. Instead I just checked for the following pattern xxxxx@xxxx.tld where tld was a from a list of common top level domains that i statically declared.

-Kiran Adigopula
If you want to check the format of Emai l address use:

char Address_String[], Name[], Domain[], Ext[];
sscanf(Address_String, "%s@%s.%s", Name, Domain, Ext);

and check each field to validate it.

If you want to find, if it is a valid Email, KurtVon has stated it.

Good Luck!
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