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Jason Gu
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Hello

Can anyone explain to me how do I go about retrieving contacts from existing Instant Messenger Software, i.e. MSN Messenger, ICQ, etc. in Java Links to tutorial, books, etc. would be appreciated.

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Jeroen Wenting
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That depends on the IM software.
Some store the data in a file or set of files on your harddisk. Importing it is then just a matter of decoding those files.
Others store it on a server somewhere, in which case you need to reverse engineer the entire IM application in order to log in to that server, retrieve the data and interpret it.
 
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