programming an email system
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Posted By:   Narayan_Joshi
Posted On:   Thursday, July 25, 2002 08:56 PM

I m interested in programming a new e-mail services system.
U all are requested to please suggest me development path of this system.
How to program an email system in Java ?

Re: programming an email system

Posted By:   Lasse_Koskela  
Posted On:   Thursday, July 25, 2002 11:50 PM

First of all, are you developing a mail transfer agent (MTA) like Sendmail, or a mail client with which to read/send mail?

If you're thinking about an Outlook killer, start with coding the necessary utilities to send and receive messages from a mail server using JavaMail. The most difficult thing on this path will be the user interface, I think.

On the other hand, if you're about to code a Sendmail killer, I'd start from the underlying protocols - how to really transfer/deliver mail from a server to another. I don't know much about MTA's internals though...

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