Java Mail

Hi Guys,

I'm new using JavaMail APIs.

Can i create a web based application that can send email and some files as attachments to an email address i.e imap or pop3 or smtp etc.
And whether the recipient receives the files in proper format i sent him?

Can i send any type of file as an attachment or is there any restriction on that?

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Jagadeesh MBig Data and Splunk ArchitectAsked:
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You should be able to send any attachment.

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JavaMail is a API to allow the *ANY* Java application (either GUI-based or server-side component) to send messages. It offers support for normal internet mail -- via SMTP (for sending) and POP3 and IMAP (for receiving). It uses a high-level set of interfaces and abstract classes which your application would use (so it hides the actual implementation of the protocol), however, underneath these interfaces there are concrete classes implementing the communication/etc for the protocol selected. These classes will also handle encoding the files you want to attach (which can be any file types!) when sending, so the files don't get corrupted.
So in terms of what you can send, there are no restrictions -- however, be aware that a lot of mail servers limit the type of files that can be attached (e.g. no exe,dll etc -- for virus protection purposes) and also some limit the maximum size of the message (for spam protection).
Hope these make sense.
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