instant messenger - working with icq

Hello,

I'd like to program my own instant messaging program compatible with icq. Do you know where to start? Has icq server some API or communication? Do you know about some open source projects I can participate?

thanks for advise
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Chris JamesConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Http://www.pidgin.im formerly known as Gaim.

You can grab the source from www.sf.net (sourceforge.net)
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xRalfAuthor Commented:
Thanks for answers. Do you have some experience with creating instant messanger? Could you give some advices, links etc? What are the most important files from SVN repository of pidgin and miranda to study first (to make the messagner compatible with icq)?
I don't want to give you more work, the answer are good, but if you knew something more or have osme expericence you can post it. thanks

to dj ludachris >> Maybe I'm blind, but where is the SVN repository for Pidgin?
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