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December 10, 2012

 

RESTful email API context io

hotmail and yahoo mail were good. Gmail is much much better. But it still lacks the flexibility that I am looking for. for example, these are very simple tasks but takes a lot of time. The reason is that we do not have direct access to the emails. We have limited choice provided by the user inferface and if our needs outgrow, there is either no way to do that or a lot of programming is involved that adds to the cost of doing business.

* Print the subject line of the last 20 emails sent to with someone@company.com
* Download all versions of the last 2 attachments exchanged with someone@company.com
* Download all attachments with a file name that contains the word 'proposal'

context.io provides RESTful email API that makes my life easy. I can now do whatever I like with my email. The web is finally becoming interesting again! It feels like we are in the late 90's or early 2000's. This API will free up the valuable data stored in the form of emails and allow us do things we never thought possible.
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The following code will fetch the subject of emails sent to client@company.com

from contextIO.ContextIO import ContextIO

api_key = 'abcdefg5'
api_secret = 'abcd8ef2ghijklmn'
mailbox_to_query = 'shantanu@gmail.com'
api_client = ContextIO(api_key=api_key, api_secret=api_secret)

response = api_client.contactmessages(account=mailbox_to_query,to_address='client@company.com',limit=20)
for message in response.get_data():
    print 'Subject %s' % message['subject']

'''
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Let's assume we need to find all the communication sent to the client. I can do simple search
to:client@company.com

That is not enough. I need to find the mails sent from my account as well as what others have sent.
to:client@company.com in:sent
to:client@company.com not in:sent

More info:
http://context.io/docs/2.0/accounts/contacts/messages#get
'''

response = api_client.contactmessages(account=mailbox_to_query,to_address='client@company.com',limit=20)
for message in response.get_data():
    if any('\Sent' in s for s in message['folders']):
        print 'successfully sent by me'
        print 'Subject %s' % message['subject']
    else:
        print 'someone else has sent mail to him'
        print 'Subject %s' % message['subject']

# get all details like subject, date (unix time), message ID, labels, from - to email addresses along with photos (personInfo)
    for mykey in message:
        print mykey,  message[mykey]
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installation is easy:

git clone git@github.com:contextio/Python-ContextIO.git
cd Python-ContextIO/
python setup.py install
cd example/
python examples.py


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