Re: Gnome-Bounties - Conversations - Was [Re: [Evolution-hackers] Re: [Evolution] proper threading headers]

On Fri, 2005-06-10 at 10:58 +0800, Ow Mun Heng wrote:
On Thu, 2005-06-09 at 14:03 -0400, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
On Thu, 2005-06-09 at 10:35 -0400, Jeffrey Stedfast wrote:
 (Frankly I've not used Gmail, but I think its
conversation implementation is much like a mail-list where one's
to posts is also included in the conversation and not only in the

I have no idea how to describe what gmail does... I guess something
that, sure.

Gmail doesn't use folders. It tags each message with 0 or more labels
(slightly similar to Evo's vfolders except AFAIK they don't update
dynamically). Messages are stored in Google's database and viewing sets
of them is essentially a database View, selecting on the labels. I think
the conversation concept is very useful BTW, and I've often thought it
would a nice feature in other MUAs.

All the raves I've heard mentioned that Gmail doesn't do dynamic or
rather server-side.. All is client-side and no need to contact server.

It obviously can't be *all* client-side. Gmail uses clever javascripting
and local caching to give very fast response to common operations like
starting a reply, marking messages etc. When it does need to synch with
the server this is usually asynchronous with the UI and hence invisible
to the user. Google Maps uses similar ideas. In fact someone has now
given the technique a name: AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript And XML), so
we can all learn a new buzzword :-)

Must really find a use for my Gmail acc. (but since I prefer all my
emails in my laptop.. that's tough)

I prefer not to have them all in one place where I can lose them, but
tastes vary.


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