C++ Web Functions?

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    C++ Web Functions?

    This is a really beginner question I'm assuming, but does C++ have capabilities of doing things like....I guess I'll give an example.

    Example:

    Program goes online, logs into an account, and accepts multiple friend requests. Then, goes into the inbox, clicks reply and gives an automated response. Then clicks send.



    Can it do things like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Code Thug View Post
    Can it do things like that?
    I would say a programmer could do things like that using C++ or any other language...
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    Thanks, please post if you know any beginner tutorials regarding this.


    I do know C++ basics.

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    The specific site you want to go to depends on what you use for development, but the general idea is to use TCP/IP sockets.

    Here are a few, it looks like they're all geared towards windows development but the third is deliberately portable:
    Tutorial: Using the C++ Sockets library
    An introduction to Windows socket/Winsock 2/Windows user side programming tutorial
    Simple, Portable, Socket Tutorial in C

    EDIT: As for actually connecting and sending requests to a website, you'll have to look elsewhere - that (obviously) is site-specific.
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    Thanks, but isn't there a way to do this with GetElementByID()?


    Pardon me if that's for something completely different.

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    This may sound utterly stupid, but isn't there a way I can create a program that will, basically, do everything I would normally do to do all of those things?

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    Thanks, but isn't there a way to do this with GetElementByID()?
    If there is a GetElementByID() for C/C++, I wasn't aware of it. I'm pretty sure that's only in the "web-scripting" languages (read: javascript, VBscript, C#). Web programming definitely isn't my forte however. I could be wrong.

    You might also consider scrapping the C/C++ for a project like this and using the Greasemonkey Firefox addon instead.
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    Or you could look for some libraries that do the HTTP input/output and HTML parsing for you. Because without that, it is near impossible to do...

    But otherwise, a firefox extension is better.

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    Something like libcurl plus an xml parser would be useful.
    I copied it from the last program in which I passed a parameter, which would have been pre-1989 I guess. - esbo

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernt View Post
    If there is a GetElementByID() for C/C++, I wasn't aware of it. I'm pretty sure that's only in the "web-scripting" languages (read: javascript, VBscript, C#). Web programming definitely isn't my forte however. I could be wrong.

    You might also consider scrapping the C/C++ for a project like this and using the Greasemonkey Firefox addon instead.
    Actually I'm coding this as part of an AI. I think tabstop's link should work.

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    You CANNOT do client side browser programming in C/C++. Your only option there is javascript.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    However, you probably don't need to do this in the browser at all. All those clicks, etc, are either synchronous GET/POST requests, which you can spoof via HTTP, or they are asynchronous AJAX style requests, which you *may* also be able to spoof but that is going to be a relatively complex task, in terms of understanding the technology involved. This can be done in C/C++, altho it would not be my first choice.

    You need to examine the page source for the site you are interested in and work from there, although from the sounds of things you are going to have to learn some basic things about web-dev first.
    Last edited by MK27; 04-11-2010 at 01:42 PM.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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