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PowerTCP Mail for .NET

Sure, the .NET Framework Class Library includes its own built-in support for SMTP. But it doesn't offer the range of standards or support that you'll find in the PowerTCP product. The product supports the full range of SMTP and POP protocols, including encoding and decoding of attachments for both MIME and non-MIME messages. It also includes a stream-based interface that lets you plug in messages from many sources - for instance, it works perfectly well with .EML files generated by other messaging products.

Other capabilities here include asynchronous mail sending with event notification, command-level SMTP server interfaces, and the ability to create a single abstract MessageStream object and then send it off to multiple recipients.

Dart has paid close attention to detail here as well. The help file is in the new Visual Studio .NET format, and exhaustively documents the product interface with many samples of usage. Sample projects cover VB NET, C#, and ASP.NET usage. You even get forms for common purposes (like message viewing) that you can use in your own projects. You can download a 30-day trial from Dart's web site if you want a closer look before buying.

About the Author

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

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