Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

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Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by richervin » Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:37 pm

Does anyone know how to access the e-mail database on a mobile platform? I want to be able to read e-mail which has already been downloaded, including any attachments, into a LiveCode app
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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by Mark » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:18 pm

Hi,

Sorry, I'm afraid this is impossible for security reasons. I think that the API only allows for composing and sending e-mail, not for reading e-mail that hasbeen downloaded already. You'll have to make your own e-mail client.

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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by richervin » Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:26 pm

If I could make my own e-mail client, then this would not be impossible.

If it is possible to make my own e-mail client, then it would be possible for me to read e-mails in this program.

I'm hoping to find a solution that is simpler than creating my own iPhone and Android specific e-mail clients.

An option would be if the user could launch my app from the e-mail in a way that would give the app access to the e-mail and it's attachment.

The "develop once, run anywhere" solution is looking more dubious every day.
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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by FourthWorld » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:08 pm

Mark is correct: this is not a LiveCode limitation, but a security decision implemented in the Android APIs.

For details on this, a search for "access email" on developer.android.com yielded some useful discussions:
http://developer.android.com/search.htm ... 0email&t=0

The first three or four links provide good background on the issue.

It seems the solution most folks pursue is to write a custom email app.
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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by richervin » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:32 pm

Ok, I think I see what you're getting at - that I will have to implement POP or ActiveSync directly in the application, and not read e-mails from the local client applications.

This was my first thought, but I had been looking for another alternative. Maybe there is no alternative.

Next objective - find existing libraries or existing LiveCode features to access email from POP servers.
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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by FourthWorld » Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:58 pm

richervin wrote:Next objective - find existing libraries or existing LiveCode features to access email from POP servers.
http://www.troz.net/rev/index.irev?cate ... ary#stacks
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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by richervin » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:42 pm

FourthWorld, thanks for that reference. I can now set this aside for later review.

The one thing I was least concerned about (the user interface) has become the thing I am most concerned about, though I am feeling better about it every day.
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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by seaniepie » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:49 pm

Anyone wanting to access these old Troz stacks should use this link instead:

https://github.com/trozware/rev_stacks

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Re: Reading an e-mail, including attachments, from the phone

Post by seaniepie » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:51 pm

This is the POP library referred to:

https://github.com/trozware/rev_stacks/ ... y_demo.rev

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