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From commons-...@jakarta.apache.org
Subject [Jakarta Commons Wiki] Updated: Net/FrequentlyAskedQuestions
Date Sun, 03 Oct 2004 20:48:59 GMT
   Date: 2004-10-03T13:48:59
   Editor: DanielSavarese <dfs@apache.org>
   Wiki: Jakarta Commons Wiki
   Page: Net/FrequentlyAskedQuestions
   URL: http://wiki.apache.org/jakarta-commons/Net/FrequentlyAskedQuestions

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 http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/guide/net/properties.html
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+----
+'''Q: What's the point of the SMTP and POP3 packages when !JavaMail provides more functionality?'''
+
+'''A:''' !NetComponents, now Commons Net, was written '''before''' !JavaMail.
+!NetComponents had different goals than !JavaMail.  !NetComponents was and Commons Net is
+a low level API.  !JavaMail is a high level API.  The !NetComponents
+POP3 API is something one would have used to implement a !JavaMail POP3
+provider if !JavaMail didn't ship with one already.  People who have to
+deal with large messages, such as those containing attachments, like the
+low-level API which allows you to deal directly with the data stream
+unlike !JavaMail which used to, and may still, buffer messages entirely
+in RAM.

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