Technical Articles

SocketTools 64-bit Components

SocketTools provides both 32-bit and 64-bit components and libraries for the Windows platform. Although most applications today continue to be 32-bit, there is no question that 64-bit platforms are growing along with demand for native 64-bit applications. It’s estimated that over 90% of Windows 10 desktop installations are the 64-bit version, and virtually all desktop and laptop PCs have 64-bit pr ...[Read More]

Secure Connections Using SSL and TLS 1.0

Many server administrators are now explicitly disabling SSL and TLS 1.0, requiring TLS 1.1 at a minimum, with a preference for TLS 1.2. If your software uses SocketTools to establish secure connections, this can potentially have an impact on your applications.

SocketTools and Multi-threading

One of the errors that developers occasionally ask about is the “Handle not owned by the current thread error”; what it actually means and the situations in which it can occur. This doesn’t tend to be an error message that developers using the SocketTools ActiveX controls encounter. It is almost exclusively an issue related to the .NET and Library Editions. The reason this error ...[Read More]

SocketTools Message Store

SocketTools includes components for sending e-mail using SMTP, downloading and managing messages using POP3 or IMAP4 and a general purpose MIME component that can be used to parse messages and create new ones. However, one of the problems that developers often face is what to actually do with those messages once they have been sent or received. SocketTools has introduced a set of extensions to the ...[Read More]

Windows Server 2003 Support

Microsoft discontinued technical support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015 and the operating system no longer receives critical security updates. It has been our policy to end support for a platform that is no longer supported by Microsoft. However, just as we have done with Windows XP, we recognize that a large number of businesses continue to use Windows Server 2003 in the interim as they ...[Read More]