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Programming Python, 3rd Edition by Mark Lutz

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Chapter 15. The PyMailGUI Client

"Use the Source, Luke"

The preceding chapter introduced Python's client-side Internet tool set—the standard library modules available for email, FTP, network news, and more, from within a Python script. This chapter picks up where the last one left off and presents a complete client-side example—PyMailGUI, a Python program that sends, receives, composes, and parses Internet email messages.

Although the end result is a working program that you can actually use for your email, this chapter also has a few additional agendas worth noting before we get started:

Client-side scripting

For one thing, PyMailGUI implements a full-featured GUI that runs on your machine, and communicates with your mail servers when necessary. As such, it is a network client program that further illustrates some of the preceding chapter's topics, and it will help us contrast server-side solutions introduced in the next chapter.

Code reuse

Additionally, PyMailGUI ties together a number of the utility modules we've been writing in the book so far, and demonstrates the power of code reuse in the process—it uses a thread module to allow mail transfers to overlap in time, a set of mail modules to process message content and route it across networks, a window protocol module to handle icons, and so on. Moreover, it inherits the power of tools in the Python standard library, such as the email package; message construction and parsing, for example, is trivial here.

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