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"Email Login" App: POST Forms, & Client Cookies for (Hotmail/Yahoo mail etc)

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I've been working on the above to automate "Email Login" for both a Java
application and Applet.
If anyone is working on this too and interested in collaborating or has
final code they are willing to share this would be most helpful.
Just to explain the background. POST form info is sent to a mail server
such as Yahoo or Hotmail and cookies are collected which are later sent
back to the server to download individual mail messages.
Some of the tricky issues I have encountered are not being able to
communicate via URL using HTTPS (SSL) in JBuilder 3. This had meant I am
unable to use JB3 to login into Hotmail. I am about to try this on VC
and JB4. The other problem is not being able to handle "redirects" to
allow collection of all the cookies that will be needed to be passed
back to the server.
On the Applet side Netscape appears to be taking care of the cookies
issue. However I then must Sign the applet to enable it to save
individual email messages to local hard disk. I have been unsuccessful
so far is completing this step. I have been hampered by the fact that
some code I was using involved swing and other areas that aren't
supported in Netscape 4.6 without a plug-in. Additionally JB3 has no
support for debugging Applets, Unbelievable!
I have searched many forums and this is one of the single most
frequently asked questions. But there is no definitive code out there.
Anyway here I am waffling on. If anyone is interested in collaborating
please let me know you can reply directly to the email address below.

Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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