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Sheenu Pillai
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Hi All, <br><br>

We have a situation where we require to broadcast a message to more than 100,000 customers via our j2ee web application. Is there an open source or 3rd party product that provides this functionality ? We were planning to design a queue to send the emails in batches but we are looking for options that can simplify our lives and try to reuse any existing products. Please advice.<br><br>

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Srini
 
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You'd need a mail server, obviously, and a way to access it from Java. The Java API for sending mails is called JavaMail, and it's well documented. How you use that API (all at once, or in batches, or overnight, or ...) is up to your web app. Does that answer your question?
 
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Thanks for your reply but I am not looking for the API. I am already using the JavaMail API and an exchange server. My question was directed towards sending huge number of emails that cannot be handled by the email server in the normal way. Exchange server has certain limit above which it might crash or perform badly. This is what is happening now, the email server crashes.

People suggested using distribution list but the issue is that these email list is dynamically created based on some criteria the user selects. Please advice on the best way to handle it. I am looking for more of a 3rd party tool that can be reused.
 
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Exchange is not a good option to handle this, as you found out. I'd look at something like IMail. You could still use a distribution list, just create it whenever you need to use it, and then remove it afterwards.
 
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How do you create a distribution list dynamically ?

Is there any product in the market that handles bulk emails ?
 
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How do you create a distribution list dynamically ?


Good point, JavaMail doesn't address this. But the server may have its own proprietary API to do this.
 
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