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developing a mail client in Java

  Asked By: Sebastion    Date: Mar 29    Category: Java    Views: 4131

it is about developing a mail
client in Java..well it provides a graphical interface.But the thing is it
establishes a TCP connection directly between the mail user agent and the
recipient's mail server and thus themessage will not be relayed through the
sender's mail server as is usually the case.then i wana know how would it
establish the connection? how would the mail be sent? because it always requires
an SMTP so where would we specify this SMTP? Also the mail user agent sends and
receives the SMTP commands and data to deliver the message to the recipient's
mail server.so does it mean that it sends the messages and also it receives
them.which SMTP commands? r they SEND AND RECEIVE Commands? Furthermore, it is
specified that the user agent will assume that the domain part of the
recipient's email address is the name of the SMTP server handling the incoming
email for that recipient...it means that the user agent will not perform a
DNS look up for an MX record so the sender must supply the actual name of the
mail server..so i wana know how would we send the mail? Obviously through the
SMTP server but it says that the TCP connection would be established between the
mail user agent and the recipient's mail server..how is it possible and what
variations would be required in the code as developed:
import javax.mail.*;
import javax.mail.internet.*;
import java.util.*;
import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.event.*;
import java.awt.*;

public class SMTPClient extends JFrame {
private JButton sendButton = new JButton("Send Message");
private JLabel fromLabel = new JLabel("From: ");
private JLabel toLabel = new JLabel("To: ");
private JLabel hostLabel = new JLabel("SMTP Server: ");
private JLabel subjectLabel = new JLabel("Subject: ");
private JTextField fromField = new JTextField(40);
private JTextField toField = new JTextField(40);
private JTextField hostField = new JTextField(40);
private JTextField subjectField = new JTextField(40);
private JTextArea message = new JTextArea(40, 72);
private JScrollPane jsp = new JScrollPane(message);
public SMTPClient() {

super("SMTP Client");
Container contentPane = this.getContentPane();
contentPane.setLayout(new BorderLayout());

JPanel labels = new JPanel();
labels.setLayout(new GridLayout(4, 1));

JPanel fields = new JPanel();
fields.setLayout(new GridLayout(4, 1));
String host = System.getProperty("mail.host", "");

String from = System.getProperty("mail.from", "");

Box north = Box.createHorizontalBox();

contentPane.add(north, BorderLayout.NORTH);

message.setFont(new Font("Monospaced", Font.PLAIN, 12));
contentPane.add(jsp, BorderLayout.CENTER);
JPanel south = new JPanel();
south.setLayout(new FlowLayout(FlowLayout.CENTER));
sendButton.addActionListener(new SendAction());
contentPane.add(south, BorderLayout.SOUTH);


class SendAction implements ActionListener {

public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent evt) {

try {
Properties props = new Properties();
props.put("mail.host", hostField.getText());

Session mailConnection = Session.getInstance(props, null);
final Message msg = new MimeMessage(mailConnection);

Address to = new InternetAddress(toField.getText());
Address from = new InternetAddress(fromField.getText());

msg.setContent(message.getText(), "text/plain");
msg.setRecipient(Message.RecipientType.TO, to);

// This can take a non-trivial amount of time so
// spawn a thread to handle it.
Runnable r = new Runnable() {
public void run() {
try {
catch (Exception e) {
Thread t = new Thread(r);

catch (Exception e) {
// We should really bring up a more specific error dialog here.


public static void main(String[] args) {
SMTPClient client = new SMTPClient();
// Next line requires Java 1.3. We want to set up the
// exit behavior here rather than in the constructor since
// other programs that use this class may not want to exit
// the application when the SMTPClient window closes.



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