SocketTools ActiveX Edition​

Development Information

The SocketTools ActiveX controls allow you to quickly integrate Internet functionality into your applications with an easy to use interface and minimal coding. The ActiveX edition includes detailed technical documentation and examples, along with free technical support for developers and evaluators.

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Supported Languages

The SocketTools ActiveX controls are lightweight ATL-based controls that can be used with Visual Basic 6.0 and Microsoft Office (VBA), as well as a variety of other languages such as PowerBuilder and Visual FoxPro. SocketTools can also be used with scripting languages that support COM components, such as VBScript.

The following code example shows how the FtpClient control could be used to upload a file to a server using the SFTP (SSH) protocol:

The SocketTools ActiveX controls can be used with any development tools which supports the ActiveX component model. They can also be used as components with scripting languages that support COM objects. If you are using C# or VB.NET, it is recommended you use the SocketTools .NET Edition to avoid the additional overhead imposed by referencing ActiveX controls.

Development Tools

Supported development tools are Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and all current versions of Visual Studio. Other third-party IDEs and languages, such as Visual FoxPro and PowerBuilder can also be used. If your favorite language can use ActiveX controls or standard COM objects, it can also use the SocketTools ActiveX Edition controls.

The SocketTools ActiveX Edition includes both 32-bit and 64-bit controls for the broadest compatibility with all platforms. They can be used with legacy development environments such as Visual Basic 6.0, as well as the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office and other languages that target the x64 Windows platform.

Supported Platforms

On the desktop, SocketTools supports Windows 7 SP1 and later platforms, including the latest builds of Windows 11. On the Windows server platforms, SocketTools is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 and later versions, including Windows Server 2022. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows are supported.

Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported platforms. SocketTools 11 uses APIs which require Windows 7 as a minimum. Due to a number of internal security-related changes, the ActiveX controls cannot be loaded on these older, unsupported versions of Windows.

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