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This course is intended for serious computer hobbyists, IT students, and IT professionals. You need Windows and Visual C++ installed.

The free online textbook for this course is Visual C++ 6 Unleashed . Read the Introduction to the book.

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Lesson 11. The WinInet API

Visual C++ includes the Windows Internet Extensions API, known as WinInet. This includes both a set of C functions and an MFC class hierarchy that enables your applications to add connectivity to Internet servers without having to worry about the specifics of the underlying protocols, such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), or Gopher.

The WinInet APIs enable you to connect to Internet servers, search for files, and retrieve files. You also can send files to the server or even open a file in place on the server. For many operations, you can use synchronous, blocking calls, or you may use the asynchronous completion mechanisms

Reading Assignments

Read the following sections from your free online textbook:

offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Using the WinInet C API
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) General Internet Functions
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) FTP Client Functions
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) HTTP Client Functions
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Gopher Client Functions
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) MFC WinInet Classes

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