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The Server Side

The application server for the Web-based email client will be responsible for connecting to the mail server and retrieving emails via Post Office Protocol (POP). Along the same lines, the application server must be able to send email to the mail server via Simple Message Transfer Protocol (SMTP). This will provide for a two-way communication process between the mail and application servers. The implementation of this functionality will be invisible to the user, and the interface must be fast and reliable. Three leading application servers were researched to determine which would be the best fit for the application. Simpleton wants not only the best software for the job but something that will scale and let it build more complex applications in the future.

Active Server Pages (ASP)

ASP runs on Windows servers and allows developers to create dynamic Web applications that can be tied into enterprise databases. Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) provides the Web server that parses ASP templates and serves up the content. IIS is simple to administer and provides extensive functionality and control of the sites running on it.


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