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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh @ gsoc?

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh @ gsoc?
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:56:00 -0500

david wrote:
 > A big advantage of nmh's code stability is that it provides
 > a natural place to stop.  Should we consider starting with a
 > clean slate?  An extensible architecture and modern language
 > would make enhancements and maintenance much easier.  And
 > safer, e.g., nmh still uses mktemp because replacement is
 > just too painful.
 > Of course, it won't be easy to reach consensus on what
 > should and should not be in it, what language, whether or
 > not to use middleware, etc.  But going through that process
 > should give the gsoc student "more exposure to real-world
 > software development scenarios."

it would also pretty much guarantee the gsoc student about 10
summers worth of work.  :-)

i know there have been a couple of fuse attempts at imap
integration -- i don't recall how far they've gotten.  if it
weren't for possibly already having been done, i'd think that
would be an almost ideal summer-of-code project, since it would
be a somewhat stand-alone project, and something with pretty
well-understood requirements.   and there wouldn't be a lot
of code archaeology needed to implement it, unlike some other
possible projects.

 paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 41.2 degrees)

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