A buddy of mine and I were talking one day about businesses. Working with them, partnering with them, and more importantly .. starting them. There's a famous saying, "ideas are a dime a dozen, everyone's got one and none of them are of any value". Finally, after years of watching fad's come and go- I get it. Something like 90% of new businesses fail in the first few years, not because their ideas were bad, but because of three things- market timing, money and execution.
For anyone that's ever tried, there's no 'one way' to parse email, it's one of those long standing protocols that was developed during a different period of time, is extremely resilient, can carry just about anything, works across different encodings, systems and will do just about anything you want it to. The very thing that makes it so versatile- is the very thing that makes it extremely difficult to parse- well. Transporting email is easy, most of the headers and other implementation details in the RFC define that pretty well. It's what IN the messages that's important (and hard)....
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