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Simple Send using Net Send

, 24 May 2004
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Simple front end for sending text messages over LAN


This article shows a basic front-end for Net Send that allows sending messages to multiple recipients.

Using the code

The heart of the whole operation lies below :-

If lstnames.SelectedItems.Count > 0 Then
  For Each strSeleted As String In lstnames.SelectedItems
    'somehow a list item is in fact a string
     Dim strname As String = " " & strSeleted
     Dim lngPos As Long = 1
         Dim lretval As Long = Shell("net send " & strname & _
    " """ & Mid(strMessage, lngPos, iChunk) & """", vbHide)
         lngPos += iChunk
         'pause to stop out of sequence message chunks
     Loop Until lngPos > Len(strMessage)
     strStatus &= strname.ToString
  Next strSeleted
End If

Points of Interest

Very useful for sending error messages to nearby developers.


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GeneralMessenger Seervice is obsolete in XP SP2 and Vista Pin
VF14-Oct-07 1:29
memberVF14-Oct-07 1:29 
GeneralReceive message. Pin
Tailana31-May-05 22:39
memberTailana31-May-05 22:39 
GeneralThere's a much better article about this Pin
juanchosc25-May-04 8:47
sussjuanchosc25-May-04 8:47 
GeneralIt works but... Pin
Anonymous25-May-04 2:42
sussAnonymous25-May-04 2:42 
GeneralRe: It works but... Pin
Jason McBurney25-May-04 8:42
memberJason McBurney25-May-04 8:42 
Anonymous wrote:
It isn't particularly useful.

I disagree, I use net send in my batch/build files all the time. The message is sent and left on the screen until the user clicks it away, they know they have a new build of the system. I don't have to call or talk to voicemail for all of my users.

Also, I don't use IM in the office, due to company policy, but I do want to send a quick message to a person on the phone.

I think the topic has it place. Why be critical of the topic? Let's be a litte more positive, eh? All information is good information. If it is bad information, we can learn how not to do it poorly next time.

to the Author:
The article could be a little more in depth and informitive, I do agree with that. Maybe discuss net send, or the shell command, or do a version 2 with APIs ... describe the challenges, or how you use net send.

Nor do I recommend using sleep to solve your our of order race condition.
do you need to investigate an online backup company
GeneralRe: It works but... Pin
Anonymous18-Jan-05 6:19
sussAnonymous18-Jan-05 6:19 
GeneralRe: It works but... Pin
BodyGlove19-Jan-06 7:16
memberBodyGlove19-Jan-06 7:16 

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