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ActiveXperts SMS and MMS Toolkit Add SMS and MMS capabilities to any Windows or .NET application

Using The SMS and MMS Toolkit with VBScript

The SMS and MMS Toolkit is a software development kit (SDK) to enhance an application or script with SMS, MMS and Pager functionality. SMS messages can be sent using a GSM/GPRS modem, an SMPP provider, an HTTP compliant SMS provider or using a standard dialup or fixed-line SMS modem. MMS messages can be sent via a GSM/GPRS modem (MM1), an SMTP server (MM4) or an XML/SOAP compliant provider (MM7).

SMS features:

  • Send and receive numeric- and alphanumeric text SMS messages
  • Verify delivery of outgoing SMS messages
  • Support for multimedia SMS messages, including ringtones, pictures and logo's
  • Support for WAP Push, WAP Bookmarks, vCards, voicemail/e-mail/fax/MMS indications
  • Support for Unicode, to support foreign languages like Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, etc.
  • Support for multi-part messages, to allow messages longer than 160 characters
  • Support for GSM modems, GSM phones, SMS/HTTP providers, SMPP (Short Message Peer to Peer) providers, TAP/XIO and UCP dial-in SMSC providers
  • Support Multi-threading environments. The component is thread-safe, which means it can be used in a multi-threaded environment
  • Samples included for various development platforms: MS Visual Basic, MS Visual Basic .NET, MS Visual C++, MS Visual Studio C# .NET, ASP, ASP .NET, Borland Delphi, Borland C++ Builder, Windows Powershell ColdFusion and more

MMS features:

  • Support for many multimedia formats incl.: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WBMP, TIF, WAV, MP3, MIDI, AC3, GP3, AVI, MPG, MP4, VCARD, VCALENDAR, JAR and more
  • Support for MM1 (MMS over WAP), MM4 (MMS over SMTP) and MM7 (MMS over HTML/SOAP)

Pager features:

  • Send alpha-numeric Pager messages through SNPP

This document describes how the SMS and MMS Toolkit can be integrated into VBScript projects.

Step 1: Download and install The SMS and MMS Toolkit

Download the SMS and MMS Toolkit from the ActiveXperts Download Site and start the installation. The installation guides you through the installation process.

Step 2: Create a new script

Create a new script using your favorite editor. You can simply use notepad. However, a VBScript editor is recommended, so you can browse through objects, objects properties and object functions.

You're now able to write a more advanced VBScript script to send/receive SMS using SMS and MMS Toolkit.

Step 3: Create the SMS and MMS Toolkit objects in VBScript

Create a new VBScript file called DEMO.VBS. It is recommended to insert the following line on top of your code:

Option Explicit

This statement requires that all variable names be defined (with the Dim statement), to avoid simple typos that can cause incredible headaches and long debugging sessions for something that should have never happened.

Now, declare the SMS and MMS Toolkit objects:

Dim objHttpProtocol
Dim objSmsMessage
Dim objSmsConstants

Create the objects like this:

Set objHttpProtocol   = CreateObject( "ActiveXperts.SmsProtocolHttp" )
Set objSmsMessage     = CreateObject( "ActiveXperts.SmsMessage" )
Set objSmsConstants   = CreateObject( "ActiveXperts.SmsConstants" )

Now, add the following lines to the file to have your fist SMS and MMS Toolkit VBScript program:

WScript.Echo "Version: " & objHttpProtocol.Version
WScript.Echo "Expiration Date: " & objHttpProtocol.ExpirationDate

Step 4: Send and/or receive SMS messages

You can now send and/or receive SMS messages.

The following VBScript code shows how to send a SMS message using an HTTP Based SMS solution provider:

Option Explicit

Dim objHttpProtocol, objSmsMessage, objSmsConstants

Dim strRecipient

Set objHttpProtocol  = CreateObject ( "ActiveXperts.SmsProtocolHttp" )
Set objSmsMessage    = CreateObject ( "ActiveXperts.SmsMessage" )
Set objSmsConstants  = CreateObject ( "ActiveXperts.SmsConstants" )

Wscript.Echo "ActiveXperts SMS and MMS Toolkit " & objHttpProtocol.Version & " demo."
Wscript.Echo "Expiration date: " & objHttpProtocol.ExpirationDate & vbCrLf

' Set Logfile
objHttpProtocol.LogFile = "SmsProtocolHttp.log"

' Provider Settings
objHttpProtocol.ProviderHost                = "post.activexperts-labs.com"
objHttpProtocol.ProviderPort                = 8080


' Proxy Server Settings ( optional )
' objHttpProtocol.ProxyServer               = "MyProxyServer"
' objHttpProtocol.ProviderAccount           = "MyAccount"
' objHttpProtocol.ProviderPassword          = "MyPassword"

' Provider Response templates
objHttpProtocol.ProviderErrorResponse       = "ERR"		' Response should NOT contain 'ERR'
objHttpProtocol.ProviderSuccessResponse     = "id"		' Response should contain 'id'

' URL Templates
objHttpProtocol.URLText     = "/sendsms/default.asp?username=AX008&password=812056&text=%MESSAGEDATA%&to=%MESSAGERECIPIENT%&from=%MESSAGESENDER%"
objHttpProtocol.URLBinary   = "/sendsms/default.asp?username=AX008&password=812056&text=%MESSAGEDATA%&to=%MESSAGERECIPIENT%&from=%MESSAGESENDER%&data=1"
objHttpProtocol.URLUnicode  = "/sendsms/default.asp?username=AX008&password=812056&text=%MESSAGEDATA%&to=%MESSAGERECIPIENT%&from=%MESSAGESENDER%&unicode=1"

' SMS Message Properties
objSmsMessage.Data      = "ActiveXperts SMS and MMS Toolkit HTTP/SMS Demo"
objSmsMessage.Sender    = "+31638740160"
objSmsMessage.Format    = objSmsConstants.asMESSAGEFORMAT_TEXT

' Set recipient
Do
    strRecipient = inputbox( "Enter the recipients phone number." & vbCrLf & "( Use international number format. )", "Input" )
Loop until strRecipient <> ""

objSmsMessage.Recipient     = strRecipient

objHttpProtocol.Send( objSmsMessage )

WScript.Echo "Send:     ERROR#" & objHttpProtocol.LastError & " (" & objHttpProtocol.GetErrorDescription ( objHttpProtocol.LastError ) & ")"
WScript.Echo "Response: " & objHttpProtocol.ProviderResponse

There are many working samples included with the product. You can also find them on the ActiveXperts FTP site: ftp.activexperts-labs.com/samples/mobile-messaging-component.