shadox has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi everyone, i was using micq the other day , and i did feel curious about a program like that but for MSN, but i didn't found anything.
I just found a dead project in Source Forge , So i decide to make my own MSN for command line using perl but i want all of you to help me, i want to know where to begin, i never tried to do something like this before, any help will be great.
Thanx all

Dreams they just disapear into the shadows,
then they become true....

Replies are listed 'Best First'.
Re: Perl and MSN
by trantor (Chaplain) on Sep 18, 2001 at 14:19 UTC

    Apparently CPAN does not have any MSN related modules, so the best approach could be writing a module yourself. Your program could then rely on this module for dealing with the MSN protocol.

    You could start studying existent messaging modules (ICQ, Jabber, AOL come to mind) to implement a similar interface for the MSN protocol.

    If you're looking for MSN related software, another good source is freshmeat, where you can find, among others, Everybuddy, Gabber, gaim, Imici Messenger, Jabber, MSNj.

    I remember I saw jaim once, it was a Perl AOL compatible command line instant messenger, unfortunately the link seems to be broken now nd there is no trace of it on freshmeat or sourceforge. Google maybe? It would be interesting, I think, to study another Perl command line messenger.

    Don't forget to check search engines again for MSN protocol details, a quick Google search lead to this document for example.

    Have fun, and don't forget to share the module with us on CPAN (it may be worth checking some MS legal mumbo jumbo first, you never know with those guys and their "technology")


Re: Perl and MSN
by Zecho (Hermit) on Sep 18, 2001 at 11:42 UTC
    My suggestion, since you are already familiar with SourceForge, is to search for msn messengers then you will get a list of things like gnumsg which is an msn protocol messenger written in c++. From there you should be able to find the ins and outs of how msn messenger works and adapt it to whatever suits your needs.
Re: Perl and MSN
by shotgunefx (Parson) on Sep 18, 2001 at 11:39 UTC
    Well, given all the curves MS throws at people trying to tie into their IM service, it might be a lost cause.


    "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."