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Selecting send method

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Unfortunately, there is no best sending method for your bug reports - each way have its own advantages and drawbacks.

 

Important note: there are events for customizing sending: such as OnAttachedFilesRequest, OnZippedFilesRequest, and OnCustomWebFieldRequest.

 


 

First, let's start with common properties for each group:

 

 

E-mail methods

Advantages:

Simple and familiar.
Can be send manually (good as "last resort measure").
Clients most likely have e-mail access, so sending have good chances to succeed.
Good for basic support for unsupported web-trackers (see also).

Drawbacks:

Depends on client's environment. You can't control it.
No backward feedback - you can't tell customer that this problem is already solved.
No bug report management (however, you can use EurekaLog Viewer to collect reports from e-mail account).

 

 

Web methods

Advantages:

Simple and controllable.
May be customizable.
Simple setup.
SSL/TLS support.

Drawbacks:

May be blocked by firewall.
No bug report management.
User e-mail address is optional.
Require hosting or server.

 

 

Web-trackers methods

Advantages:

Powerfull and customizable.
Bug report management.
SSL/TLS support.

Drawbacks:

May be blocked by firewall.
Requires setup.
Require hosting or server + database.
User e-mail address is optional.
Requires setup for each your project.

 

Note: bug trackers and e-mail methods are close-related: bug trackers are usually able to parse incoming e-mails and insert them as issues into database. Thus, you can get non-supported bug tracker working (by setuping it to parse e-mails and setup e-mail sending in EurekaLog). Also, web trackers usually can generate e-mail notifications about new issues.

 


 

Now, let's take a look at each method (common advantages/drawbacks aren't listed). Only major points are listed below. For detailed pros/cons of each method - please see description of each method.

 

 

E-mail: Shell (mailto protocol)

Advantages:

Available always

Drawbacks:

High amount of limitations (not customizable, no attaches, etc.)

 

Conclusion: good for "last resort" measure, but have many limitations. See also: Dealing with send failures

 

Note: due to "no way to get real send result" - it's best to place this method last, if you select several methods.

 

 

E-mail: Simple MAPI

Advantages:

Most common protocol for 3rd party e-mail clients

Drawbacks:

Obsolete protocol, not supported by modern Outlook
Modern desktops and laptops may use web e-mail client, so there will be no desktop e-mail client installed

 

Conclusion: good for e-mail sending with using client configuration. Suitable as "last resort" measure. See also: Dealing with send failures

 

 

E-mail: MAPI (also known as "Extended MAPI" or "MAPI 1.0")

Advantages:

Supported by Outlook and Exchange

Drawbacks:

Not supported by other e-mail clients

 

Conclusion: good as alternative for SMAPI in case your clients use Outlook/Exchange. Avoid in typical software outside of controlled corporate environments.

 

 

E-mail: SMTP client

Advantages:

Most reliable e-mail protocol

Drawbacks:

You must store your real e-mail account details (login/password) in your application

 

Conclusion: only good if other methods are blocked. But if you can afford storing password - then it will be better than SMTP server.

 

 

E-mail: SMTP server

Advantages:

Most powerful method with low limitations

Drawbacks:

It's usually blocked by ISPs to block spam software

 

Conclusion: good method with low limitations, but only if it's not blocked by client's firewall, ISP or your e-mail server. Not very reliable on practice.

 

 

Web: HTTP

Advantages:

Simple and highly customizable.

Drawbacks:

A lot of custom work to get anything above simple upload functionality.

 

Conclusion: good as base for building custom sending. For simple file uploads - FTP is a preferred way.

 

 

Web: FTP

Advantages:

Minimum efforts to setup (among all web methods, including web-trackers), very reliable

Drawbacks:

No other functionality except simple bug reports upload

 

Conclusion: good if you need simple and reliable file send (upload). Often it is better than e-mail methods.

 

 

Web-trackers

No additional points, except common items listed above in the "Web-trackers methods" section. Please read through descriptions of each bug tracker. There are also setup manuals available. You can read through manual to get idea of bug tracker's capabilities and working process.

 

See also:

 

Conclusion: best if you need a complete bug tracking solution. For simple file sending HTTP or FTP is preferable.

 

Remarks:

(*) That's because, if you have two e-mail client installed (say, Windows Mail and Outlook) - both will definitely support mailto protocol, but only one can support simple MAPI, so you may launch non-default e-mail client (which is not configured). For example, if you have Outlook 2010 as your default e-mail client and you use simple MAPI - it will launch Windows Mail client, because Outlook 2010 doesn't support simple MAPI. The same example holds true for MAPI, if you use Windows Mail as your default e-mail client (because Windows Mail doesn't support MAPI).

 


 

Recommended order of send methods

1. The method of your choice (like HTTP or Web-tracker)
2. SMTP Server or SMTP Client (depending on whenever can you store your account details in application or not)
3. MAPI or Simple MAPI or both
4. Shell (mailto)

 

If you don't want (or can't) use some method in this list - just exclude it and place the rest in this order. For example, if you want "mail only" delivery - use this:

 

1. SMTP Server
2. MAPI
3. Simple MAPI
4. Shell

 

This is just recommendation, not final rule. For example, you may use this sequence:

 

1. Mantis.

2. Shell.

 

It's your choice, it's up to you.

 

Note: usually there is no big reason to enable both SMTP client and SMTP server modes. Use either first or second, but not both. I.e. if you can afford storing the password from your real e-mail account in application - use SMTP client. Otherwise use SMTP server.

 

 

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