i have four email adresses (for various reasons) and i could probably find a client for all three on source forge, but i thought it would be good practice to use my own. i want to use boost, sdl, and c++, but i cant find a tutorial. could someone point me to one? (as it says above i want to use the smt protocol)
I really don't have any suggestions to do this programmatically. It could be a hell of a project to make your own mail client. SMTP is also only for sending of mail, you'd need to use POP or IMAP to actually retrieve mail. There are RFCs out there describing exactly how these protocols work. That's where you would start.