[Oberon] Net program hangs in tiny SMTP receiver (BlueBottle)

eas-lab at absamail.co.za eas-lab at absamail.co.za
Wed Jul 2 13:33:08 CEST 2003

Aubrey McIntosh wrote:
> My tiny SMTP receiver program was online for 24x7 for about 6 months, 
> and received as many as 2,500 spam and legitimate messages.
> ... snip ..
> I wonder if anyone had tried my tiny server on the 'not stable' releases?
> Comments?

I'm interested in:
 oberon especially S3,
 any internet applications.

But my perceived heirarchy of importance is:
  the idea/algorithm,
  the carrier (documentation) of the idea/algorithm,
  the software implementation of the idea/algorithm,
  the hardware implementation of idea/algorithm

So an oberon implemented 'SMTP receiver' would be of great
interest, depending on the accompanying documentation.
If the developer can pass on some ideas, I can do some beta-testing.
I know that documenting is easier said than done.

What happened to the G4 languages and C.A.S.E. where the 
programmer was supposed to be constrained (disciplined) to
work at a high level instead of hacking at the coal-face ?

Despite very heavy daily usage of n-o over a long period, 
I had a surprise yesterday: 
 M/R on *.zip in a "Desktops" type text (intended just to see if the
*.zip is 'visible'), shows a complete listing of the *.zip contents with
name, date, size, ratio fields.   This is very 'clever'; but should have
been documented.       My default is Edit.Open type frames.

Central to Wirth's ideas was that the thing should be fully specified.
The little man in the box, who finds a new trick every thousand
hours is not what I want.

-- Chris Glur.

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