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Sams Teach Yourself ColdFusion® in 21 Days by Charles Mohnike

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Getting Incoming Mail with <CFPOP>

The powerful companion tag to <CFMAIL> is <CFPOP>, which works on the receiving end to enable users to view and manage incoming email from a ColdFusion template page. <CFPOP> works its magic by acting like a mail client using the POP3 mail protocol, and can be customized to take advantage of many features available to POP3 users.

POP3 stands for Post Office Protocol, a common Internet standard used to retrieve email. POP3-compatible mail servers store users'mail until it is requested by a POP3-compatible mail client such as Microsoft Outlook, Eudora, or Netscape Mail. When you download new messages from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you're probably using POP3.

One of the advantages of POP3 over other ...

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