Archive for November, 2007

WebDAV library Jakarta Slide discontinued

The Apache Jakarta subproject Slide does not exist anymore. After several years of bugfixing only, the project has been stopped and recommends to switch over to other libraries like Jackrabbit.

I introduced Slide a while ago to Conzilla for accessing the WebDAV/SVN data store used by the Collaborilla collaboration server. I was not very happy with the spartan info I got out of some exceptions (some messages were just “null”), the documentation was a bit holey as well. At that time I thought of using Jackrabbit, not just as a WebDAV-client, but as a complete replacement for the LDAP/WebDAV/SVN combination. I like the concept of a real content repository, and that’s exactly what Jackrabbit is: an open source reference implementation of JCR 170.

The next release of Collaborilla will contain major changes, I think it will even be an almost complete rewrite. I don’t know yet whether the backend will be a traditional DBMS or a content repository, but I already know which library is not going to be used anymore.

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Gmail’s IMAP, flags and message threads

Just tried the newly released Gmail IMAP with the Thunderbird mail client. I’m pretty happy with it (I only had 60MB mail space before I transferred everything to my Gmail account), but…

  • There is no support for the “answered” flag (or similar ones like “forwarded”) yet. This means that I don’t see small indicators that are telling me whether I replied to or forwarded a message. I hope this feature will be added soon. Google has a list of all unsupported IMAP features.
  • I want to see my own replies in message threads. When I reply to a message, I usually send a BCC to myself (this is done automatically on most mailing lists) to make sure that I know what I was writing about even if I’m not correctly quoted. The weird thing is that this works very well in the web interface (I do see my own replies), but not in IMAP (my own replies are not shown; I’m using the same folder/label as in the web interface). Does anybody have an explanation for this?

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