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Foundations of Python Network Programming, Third Edition by John Goerzen, Brandon Rhodes

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CHAPTER 15

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IMAP

At first glance, the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) resembles the POP protocol described in Chapter 14. Plus, if you read the first sections of Chapter 13, which provide the entire picture of how e-mail travels across the Internet, you will already know that the two protocols fill a quite similar role: POP and IMAP are two ways that a laptop or desktop computer can connect to a remote Internet server to view and manipulate a user’s e-mail.

And that’s where the resemblance ends. Whereas the capabilities of POP are rather anemic—users can download new messages to their personal computers—the IMAP protocol offers such a full ...

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