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InterIMAP: Taking a step back January 20, 2009

Posted by atmospherian in InterIMAP.
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So i’ve been reading Steve McConnell’s Code Complete lately, and it’s got me thinking quite a bit about the new work i’ve been doing on the InterIMAP library. When i started working on the new implementation i had this grand view of a well thought-out, well designed system, and to a certain extent, i feel i accomplished that, but in some areas, i fell short. 

I initially felt that the new system would only ever need to connect to one server at a time, and as a result i wrote all the manager classes as singletons. I have since come to the conclusion that it may be necessary for multiple servers/accounts to be accessed concurrently, so that will be one of the major requirements going forward. Additionally, it may also be important to some people to be able to store the information retrieved from a mailbox in a full fledged RDBMS, as well as a “local cache” type system, so i will also be working that into the new architecture.

My next post will be a summary of what the requirements of the library will be. Please leave comments as to what you would like to have available in the library.

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