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From "robert burrell donkin" <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Let's Create An Alternative To MIMEMessage
Date Wed, 11 Jul 2007 19:45:07 GMT
i've been thinking for a long while of using a replacement for
MIMEMessage as an intermediary representation in IMAP (and possibly
elsewhere in JAMES). i know that stefano advocates using a lazy
loading MimeMessage but i've taken a good look at this and IMHO this
is too much effort when it comes to IMAP: tuning a MimeMessage for
IMAP is too inefficient (fixing the buggy parsing would require
reparsing the message).

so, i'd like to propose that JAMES looks for an alternative to
MIMEMessage for server side work

1. fully interface based API (not a subclassing framework)
2. equal billing for nio and stream io
3. first class support for raw access to bytes, second class for
chars. third class support for object representations (if at all)
4. lightweight
5. easy partial and lazy parsing
6. first class support for bytebuffer storage
7. support for IMAP requirements such as line and byte counts for parts
8. support for meta-data
9. support for outputting components of the message
10. decoupled from javamail


have i missed anything?

- robert

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