If you’ve ever used .net to send email messages (and I hope you have!) you may have wanted to send the message from or to not only an address, but also include a name. The ‘display name’ is the name that appears in many email clients instead of the address (think ‘Chris Bitting’ instead of ‘email@example.com’). .Net honors the email standard of “Display Name <firstname.lastname@example.org>”.
Below is a quick example on how this looks in vb.net:
Dim mail As New System.Net.Mail.MailMessage("""Some Body"" <email@example.com>", """A Different Person"" <firstname.lastname@example.org>", "Subject", "Body")
Below is a full example on an email function (include Imports System.Net.Mail):
Public Function sendHTMLemail(ByVal toAddress As String, ByVal subject As String, ByVal emailBody As String) As Boolean Dim mail As New System.Net.Mail.MailMessage("""Chris Bitting"" <email@example.com>", toAddress, subject.Replace(vbTab, "").Replace(vbCrLf, ""), emailBody) Dim smtpMail As New System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient("yoursmtpserver.domain.com") 'add more bcc or cc's now! mail.Bcc.Add("firstname.lastname@example.org") mail.IsBodyHtml = True smtpMail.Send(mail) Return True End Function