Sending E-mail using Command Files or Programmatic Calls
Using Command Files:
NetMail/3000 is designed with a "batch" style interface - to be accessed from
batch jobs or via command files invoked in the background. The interface is designed to
easily accommodate custom applications, and to get you started, we provide a couple sample
command files (you'll find them in the XEQ.THREEK group on your system if you already have
the software installed).
A simple example; want to e-mail spoolfile #o6702 to someone?
:SENDHTML.XEQ.THREEK firstname.lastname@example.org,,,6702,"Here's a sample report"
It even converts the spoolfile to an "HTML" file, ensuring that columns line
up and long lines don't wrap around (mail users with GUI mail clients will REALLY
Another simple example just e-mails a specified file to someone;
:SENDFILE.XEQ.THREEK email@example.com,,,myfile.data,"Here's that database
extract you wanted!"
Both easily invoked in any job stream or programmatically by calling the
"COMMAND" or "HPCICOMMAND" Intrinsics.
On the other hand; if you want to take real control of e-mail within your application,
with a few simple calls in your source code, your program can send a message(s), retrieve
messages from a mailbox, or lookup names in the mail directory.
The API we provide implements an industry standard for e-mail APIs called
"CMC" (Common Messaging Calls). This API was designed by the Unix world as a
basic (but extensible) interface to allow a program to interface with an e-mail transport
system. The specification was extensible enough that Microsoft used it as a basis for the
MAPI standard (adding some windows specific options); so applications developed to call
API/3000 could also potentially be easily ported to other platforms.
The API provides several basic functions; these include:
- The ability to submit a message to the mail transport for delivery
- The ability to access a "mailbox" and retrieve (and delete) messages from that
- The ability to interrogate the mail server's directory (look for addresses)
Sample code is provided; complete examples you can
compile and modify - in C, COBOL, and SPLash!
Give us a call at +1
703-569-9189 and we'd be happy to send
you a free demo; or feel free to pick up a complete demo (with manuals in PCL and Adobe
PDF format) right off our web page!
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