XML-RPC e-mail. There's been a lot of discussion on the Zoe mailing lists about the next stage of its development. And last night I started wondering, what would happen if instead of using POP3 to retreive our e-mail from servers there was a server out there that let your application make XML-RPC calls to retreive, and send, e-mails from the server?
The possibility intrigues me and implementing it in Java would be fairly simple. Personally I think it'd be a much more sensible way to handle e-mail. Just put it on a standard secure server and your transmissions are encrypted. Authentication is easy to handle, everything is easy to handle.
The only question is if anyone else would be interested. Would the developers of the world have any interest in using a XML-RPC based API to send and receive e-mails? The main downside, of course, is that there aren't any servers out there that do this, so any client that was created would be limited to working with whatever server I, or someone else, writes, until it catches on that is.
e-mail me at email@example.com if this idea gets your mind buzzing too. Maybe we could just append this functionality to an existing mail server like James, although personally I like the idea of writing a nice slim server with this in mind from the start. [weblog.masukomi.org]
+1. I personally was thinking of using SOAP, as I need to learn AXIS at somepoint ... ;)