Sockets and Programming
Almost all of Usenet is now implemented using the NNTP Protocol on top of TCP/IP. If you don't know what that is, or how to use socket() and associated calls, then News programming is not for you.
Seriously, there is a lot to get right (which means a lot could get done incorrectly.) If you choose to write code from scratch, and hack at it until it works, it is very likely that the result is going to be totally non-portable. It will work only on your system, only on good days, because of some idiosyncracy.
If you don't have already working code to start with, then pull it from innd (listen/accept programming) or innxmit (connect programming) in the INN 1.5.1 sources. Don't start from scratch -- you will regret it.
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