Visual C++ - Download Email in Background

In an ASP/ASP.NET email application, if email download takes longer than the timeout value (in seconds) that the current asp page is allowed to run, user will get an error “ASP Timeout”. This often happens when user has a large quantity of emails to download or user downloads emails via a slow connection. By default the timeout is set to 90 seconds, it is easy to exceed this limit.

Obviously, a solution to ASP timeout is to set ASPScriptTimeout a larger value. You may click here for details. Technically the timeout problem can be solved in this way; however, some users may get frustrated and press the stop button on the browser toolbar as he waits too long.

EAGetMail POP3 Component introduces a more intelligent method to retrieve emails in background. You should download the EAGetMail Service installer and install it on your machine at first. Then you can use MailClient.GetMailsByQueue method to send the request to EAGetMail Service, the method returns to the user immediately and the EAGetMail Service performs task in background.

Important

To run the following example, you need to download EAGetMail and EAGetMail Service at first, and then install both on your machine.

The following c++ example codes demonstrate how to download email from POP3 server in background.

Installation

Before you can use the following sample codes, you should download the EAGetMail Installer and install it on your machine at first. Full sample projects are included in this installer.

Add Reference

To use EAGetMail POP3 & IMAP4 ActiveX Object in your project, the first step is “Add header files of EAGetMail to your project”. Please go to C:\Program Files\EAGetMail\Samples_VS2008\pop3_imap4_simple.vcNative or C:\Program Files (x86)\EAGetMail\Samples_VS2008\pop3_imap4_simple.vcNative folder, find eagetmailobj.tlh and eagetmailobj.tli, and then copy these files to your project folder. You can start to use it to retrieve email and parse email in your project.

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Visual C++ - Download Email in Background - Example

The following example codes demonstrate downloading email from POP3 server in background. In order to run it correctly, please change email server, user, password, folder, file name value to yours.

Note

To get full sample projects, please download and install EAGetMail on your machine.

#include "stdafx.h"

#include "eagetmailobj.tlh"
using namespace EAGetMailObjLib;

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])
{
    const int MailServerPop3 = 0;
    const int MailServerImap4 = 1;

    // Initialize COM environment
    ::CoInitialize(NULL);

    // Create a folder named "inbox" under current exe file directory
    // to save the emails retrieved.
    TCHAR szPath[MAX_PATH+1];
    memset(szPath, 0, sizeof(szPath));
    ::GetModuleFileName(NULL, szPath, MAX_PATH);

    // Change file name to current full path
    LPCTSTR psz = _tcsrchr(szPath, _T('\\'));
    if(psz != NULL)
    {
        szPath[psz-szPath] = _T('\0');
    }
    TCHAR szMailBox[MAX_PATH+1];
    memset(szMailBox, 0, sizeof(szMailBox));
    wsprintf(szMailBox, _T("%s\\inbox"), szPath);

    // Create a folder to store emails
    ::CreateDirectory(szMailBox, NULL);

    try
    {
        IMailServerPtr oServer = NULL;
        oServer.CreateInstance("EAGetMailObj.MailServer");
        oServer->Server = _T("pop3.emailarchitect.net");
        oServer->User = _T("test@emailarchitect.net");
        oServer->Password = _T("testpassword");
        oServer->Protocol = MailServerPop3;

        // If your POP3 requires SSL connection
        // Please add the following codes
        // oServer->SSLConnection = VARIANT_TRUE;
        // oServer->Port = 995;

        IMailClientPtr oClient = NULL;
        oClient.CreateInstance("EAGetMailObj.MailClient");
        oClient->LicenseCode = _T("TryIt");

        // Leave a copy of message on server
        VARIANT_BOOL leaveCopy = VARIANT_TRUE;

        // Send request to EAGetMail Service, then EAGetMail Service retrieves email
        // in background and this method returns immediately.
        oClient->GetMailsByQueue(oServer, szMailBox, leaveCopy);
    }
    catch(_com_error &ep)
    {
        _tprintf(_T("Error: %s"), (const TCHAR*)ep.Description());
    }

    return 0;
}

32bit/x64 ActiveX DLL

Seperate builds of run-time dll for 32 and x64 platform

File Platform
Installation Path\EAGetMailObj.dll 32 bit
Installation Path\x64\EAGetMailObj.dll 64 bit

Distribution

  • Standard EXE

    For VB6, C++, Delphi or other standard exe application, you can distribute EAGetMailObj.dll with your application to target machine without COM-registration and installer. To learn more detail, please have a look at Registration-free COM with Manifest File.

  • Script

    For ASP, VBScript, VBA, MS SQL Stored Procedure, you need to install EAGetMail on target machine by EAGetMail installer, both 32bit/x64 DLL are installed and registered.

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