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Review: IP*Works! V5 VB Edition

IP controls that you can drop into your projects.

IP*Works! is designed to provide you with implementations of all the major Internet protocols that you're likely to need. This includes old favorites like finger, ping, and whois; more complex protocols including IMAP, SNMP, and LDAP; and even generic TCP/IP and UDP clients and servers. This version even includes a SAX2-compliant XML parser and a SOAP client, so you can build applications that play with new stuff. In all, there are 34 components here, covering the full range of protocols.

/n doesn't charge a runtime royalty; buy these components once, and you're ready to go. The VB Edition includes a license for the Scripting Edition as well, providing you with scriptable copies of the components for situations where you don't need events. The components use asynchronous sockets and are independent of other libraries.

A big bonus is the printed manual that lists all methods, properties, and events of each control -- very useful when you're just trying to figure out which bits to use for what. The ones that I tested did their job with no noticeable impact on my development machine. The only complaint I have is that the sample code is even rougher in places than I would expect for a demo; some won't even compile out of the box. But fortunately it's easy to figure out the fixes, and then to strike off using the controls on your own. In addition to the VB Edition, /n also sells versions of the controls designed for ASP pages, C++, Delphi, Java, Kylix, and even C++ on Linux, among others.

About the Author

Mike Gunderloy, MCSE, MCSD, MCDBA, is a former MCP columnist and the author of numerous development books.

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