Within a few months, I was coding in Visual Basics and eventually wrote my own AIM client. Rather than using AIM, I was leveraging tocsoc.ocx, a little “module” or “dependency” used within my application in Visual Basics, to interact with AIM servers. There’s not much on the Internet nowadays about it, other than this, but we were developing all kinds of AIM tools, cloners, etc. using it. It’s similar to importing a module or gem within your python or ruby script nowadays.