Start Thinking about Sun's New Web Communication Client!
By jhawk on Dec 10, 2007
As some of you have read on Jim Parkinson's Weblog.. As the Vice-President of Communications Software says.. we are definately going for a "Wow Factor." The exciting new AJAX-based client (code named Kendo) will be available in the first half of CY2008. While you are waiting for this product to arrive, we would like to outline some of the requirements that would be needed to allow you to deploy this new client.
The above image demonstrates the three components to the new Kendo client: the web browser, the web container, and the communications services.
The new web client utilizes Ajax to provide a "rich" user experience. The objective is to avoid potential complications brought in by plugins such as Flash. This means we are trying to focus on using the capabilities common within the most popular types of web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, and Apple Safari.
The new client is built on some of the latest in Web 2.0 technologies. These technologies require a Web Container which has Glassfish and Grizzly capabilities. The supported web container for the Kendo client will be Sun Java System Application Server 9.1. The changes would remove the Sun Java Web Server as a supported Web container.
The Kendo client will require the mshttpd which is included in the Sun Java System Messaging Server 7.0. In most cases, the mshttpd will run on the same server as the Kendo Web Container. The mshttpd will evaluate WebMail requests against LDAP entries to proxy IMAP connections to the back-end Message Store servers.
The back-end Message Store servers will be required to be the equivalent to Messaging Server 6.3. Earlier 6.x versions must be at patch level 120228-25 or higher (see patch readme). Messaging Servers running on prior releases must upgrade to use the Kendo client.
Directory / Schema
Kendo will support Sun Java Systems Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.x. The new Kendo client adds some additional attributes to the existing schema. Kendo will support both the old schema (schema 1) and the current schema (schema 2).