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General Discussion

Building a Computer Email Application

I just completed a Programming 101 course in university taught in C++. I want to build an application that draws text information from a few pages on my company's Team Foundation Server (Im on an internship), and I want the program to automatically plug that text into the body of an email in Outlook.

I know C++ and a little bit of HTML and JavaScript, but have absolutely no clue how to do this. Can someone point me in the right direction as far as:

  1. What I need to learn to be able to do this.
  2. Development Environments to be used.
  3. Major steps for this project.

Thank you very much, I highly appreciate it.


Where on the server is the data stored a DB? You would need to look into PHP a server side language that can do this. I am no expert in PHP but I believe this is the place to start. You would need a PHP testing env like XAMPP for Windows or MAMP for Mac. Could give major steps without knowing how the data is stored at the moment.

"Team Foundation Server" is actually the name of the website where the data is stored on the company's intranet. I don't actually need to access the server itself. There is a website that allows me to go through the contents of the Team Foundation Server (TFS). So I just need to extract the information from the TFS website.

If you can get the data into JSON form then you can use JavaScript to get that information and do with it as you please

How would I go about trying to get it into Json Form. Could you suggest some resources to read up on?

I have only ever worked with JSON data already there so wouldn't know. I would suggest stackoverflow and search the forum for this topic. Sorry couldn't be further help