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Programming Internet EMail

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The Internet's "killer app" is not the World Wide Web or Push technologies: it is humble electronic mail. More people use email than any other Internet application. As the number of email users swells, and as email takes on an ever greater role in personal and business communication, Internet mail protocols have become not just an enabling technology for messaging, but a programming interface on top of which core applications are built.Programming Internet Email unmasks the Internet Mail System and shows how a loose federation of connected networks have combined to form the world's largest and most heavily trafficked message system.Programming Internet Email tames the Internet's most popular messaging service. For programmers building applications on top of email capabilities, and power users trying to get under the hood of their own email systems, Programming Internet Email stands out as an essential guide and reference book. In typical O'Reilly fashion,Programming Internet Email covers the topic with nineteen tightly written chapters and five useful appendixes.Following a thorough introduction to the Internet Mail System, the book is divided into five parts:

  • Part I covers email formats, from basic text messages to the guts of MIME. Secure email message formats (OpenPGP and S/MIME), mailbox formats and other commonly used formats are detailed in this reference section.
  • Part II describes Internet email protocols: SMTP and ESMTP, POP3 and IMAP4. Each protocol is covered in detail to expose the Internet Mail System's inner workings.
  • Part III provides a solid API reference for programmers working in Perl and Java. Class references are given for commonly used Perl modules that relate to email and the Java Mail API.
  • Part IV provides clear and concise examples of how to incorporate email capabilities into your applications. Examples are given in both Perl and Java.
  • Part V covers the future of email on the Internet. Means and methods for controlling spam email and newly proposed Internet mail protocols are discussed.
  • Appendixes to Programming Internet Email provide a host of explanatory information and useful references for the programmer and avid user alike, including a comprehensive list of Internet RFCs relating to email, MIME types and a list of email related URLs.
Programming Internet Email will answer all of your questions about mail and extend your abilities into this most popular messaging frontier.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565924796
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Wood architected the first large-scale RDF database, re-architected the Persistent URL service to support Linked Data, and co-founded the Callimachus Project. He is also the co-chair of the World Wide Web Consortium's RDF Working Group.

Table of Contents

Preface; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Resources; Related Books; We'd Like to Hear From You; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Electronic Mail on the Internet; 1.1 Email Systems; 1.2 Internet Email Standards; 1.3 Tools of the Trade; 1.4 The Basic Internet Email System; Chapter 2: Simple Text Messages; 2.1 Internet Text Messages; 2.2 Think Globally, Act Locally; 2.3 Headers; 2.4 Mandatory Headers; 2.5 User-Defined Headers; 2.6 Address Formats; Chapter 3: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions; 3.1 Mail with Attitude; 3.2 MIME Header Fields; 3.3 MIME Encoding; 3.4 MIME Boundaries; 3.5 MIME Summary; Chapter 4: Creating MIME-Compliant Messages; 4.1 The Minimal MIME Message; 4.2 Multipart Messages; 4.3 Nested Body Parts; 4.4 A Few Interesting MIME Types; 4.5 MIME Message Creation Gotchas; Chapter 5: OpenPGP and S/MIME; 5.1 An Extremely Brief Introduction to Security Concepts; 5.2 An Overview of OpenPGP and S/MIME; 5.3 Combining Security and MIME; 5.4 The OpenPGP Format; 5.5 The S/MIME Format; Chapter 6: vCard; 6.1 Personal Data Interchange with vCard; 6.2 The vCard Version 3.0 Profile; 6.3 Version 3.0 Housekeeping Types; 6.4 Version 3.0 Identification Types; 6.5 The vCard Version 2.1 Profile; 6.6 Attaching vCards to Email Messages; Chapter 7: Mailbox Formats; 7.1 mbox; 7.2 Common mbox Variations; 7.3 Variation for lMAP Mailboxes; 7.4 MH; 7.5 Maildir; Chapter 8: Mailcap Files; 8.1 Mailcap File Format; 8.2 Implementation Under Unix Operating Systems; 8.3 Implementation Under Other Operating Systems; Chapter 9: The Extended Simple Mail Transfer Protocol; 9.1 Using ESMTP; 9.2 ESMTP Commands; 9.3 ESMTP Sessions; Chapter 10: The Post Office Protocol; 10.1 Using POP; 10.2 POP Commands; 10.3 POP Sessions; Chapter 11: The Internet Message Access Protocol; 11.1 Using IMAP; 11.2 IMAP Commands; 11.3 The Nonauthenticated State; 11.4 The Authenticated State; 11.5 The Selected State; 11.6 IMAP Sessions; Chapter 12: The Application Configuration Access Protocol; 12.1 Using ACAP; 12.2 ACAP Datasets; 12.3 Access Control; 12.4 Example Dataset; 12.5 ACAP Commands; 12.6 The Nonauthenticated State; 12.7 The Authenticated State; 12.8 ACAP Sessions; Chapter 13: Email-Related Perl Modules; 13.1 Finding and Installing Perl Modules; 13.2 Maturity of the Mail-Related Modules; 13.3 Email-Related Modules Quick Reference; Chapter 14: The Java Mail API; 14.1 An Overview of the Java Mail API; 14.2 Java Mail API Reference; 14.3 The javax.mail.internet Package; 14.4 The Package; 14.5 The javax.mail.event Package; Chapter 15: Creating and Sending a Multipart Mail Message; 15.1 Designing a MIME-Capable Replacement for /bin/mail; 15.2 Creating; 15.3 Extending and Enhancing; 15.4 Sending MIME Email via Java; Chapter 16: Archiving and Cleaning a Mailbox; 16.1 Scrubbing Unwanted MIME Attachments; 16.2 Creating; 16.3 Extending and Enhancing; Chapter 17: Watching an IMAP Mailbox; 17.1 Designing JBiff; 17.2 Creating JBiff; 17.3 Extending JBiff; Chapter 18: Anti-Spamming Techniques; 18.1 The UCE Problem; 18.2 Recipient Approaches; 18.3 Service Provider Approaches; 18.4 Legislative Approaches; Chapter 19: The Future of Email; 19.1 Trends in MUAs; 19.2 Trends with Web-based Mail; 19.3 Trends Inside Firewalls; Internet RFCs Relating to Email; MIME Media Types; ASCII; Mail-Related URLs; Glossary; Colophon;

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