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Apache Mailet API
What is it?
The Mailet API is an API designed to facilitate the development and deployment of a configurable email processing applications.
How does it work?
Matchers are configurable filters which filter mail from a processor pipeline into Mailets based upon fixed or dynamic criteria.
Mailets are classes which define an action to be performed. This can cover actions as diverse as local delivery, client side mail filtering, switch mail to a different processor pipeline, aliasing, archival, list serving, or gateways into external messaging systems (SMS for example). The James project includes a number of portable mailets (eg Forward, Redirect) and matchers (eg HostIs, InSpammerBlacklist, RecipientIs, SenderIs, SubjectStartsWith )for common tasks. See James for more details.
Users can typically configure the behaviour of an application by defining processor pipelines and the matcher/mailet pairs in the processors.
Developers can implement their own bespoke functionality by writing new portable matchers and mailets.
Javadocs are here http://jakarta.apache.org/james/mailet/index.html
Mailet discussions are hosted on the jakarta james mailing lists see http://jakarta.apache.org/site/mail.html