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Posted: Apr 25 2001, 10:45 AM
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I think, I am not patient to await the IMAP4 service which is on the way. To develop my own Web side mail, I found IMAP4 better. Do you have some suggestion about this?

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Posted: Apr 26 2001, 10:13 AM
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I'm currently also developing an WebMail system wich uses XMail as the backend. What I did was creating an virtual IMAP4 implementention on top of POP3.

The following methods were used:

- Cache mail on arrive (not the complete mail but the header fields) in a database.
- Within the database create virtual folders and assign the mail items to the virtual folders.
- Create a web interface to show the mailbox contents as available in the database.
- Only go to the mailserver on actual access to the mail item (for example: read mail)

This approach has an significant advantage in speed and scaleabilty of your application.

If you have other thoughts, let me know.

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