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IP*Works! V5 SSL VB Edition

The only good reason to buy custom controls for Visual Basic is that they save you time, and of course time is still money even in this Internet-enabled age. So, will this package save you $1195? If you're trying to create VB TCP/IP applications secured with SSL, the answer is definitely yet.

Installing easily on my drive, this package adds new controls that include digital certificate capabilities to the basic IP*Works package that I reviewed a few issues ago. New capabilities include:

* Certificate management
* HTTPS client and server capabilities
* SSL-enabled FTP, LDAP, POP, SOAP, and other protocols
* A generic secure TCP server component, so you can implement most any other protocol with SSL protection
* A matching generic secure TCP client component
* Secure mail and newsgroup access

All of the components use asynchronous sockets for performance, and there's no runtime fee for any of them (pay once, and use them as much as you want). You can download a free trial from the /n web site or purchase online.

[This review originally appeared in

About the Author

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

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