MessageBoard App #4 Email using Gmail and more nginx

30 Jun

So as is traditional a quick reminder for myself of what my todo list was looking like:

  • Switch to use the live DB currently being used by the PHP app. -mainly done – should be easy to switch over now
  • Make links automatically out of URLs in messages
  • Clean up html so it looks presentable (this could be a big one)
  • Either set up email notifications, or some alternative, e.g. posts to twitter proven in theory – using gmail
  • Setup a domain name. done
  • Setup a webserver, to stand in front of tomcat(which is running on port 8080) so can use port 80 (aka a reverse proxy server I’ve learnt) done, using nginx, but want to tidy up config and do some testing around logging in/out
  • So, as is traditional, I didn’t get to spend much time on it this week, if only I didn’t have any family or freinds or leisure activities I might have more time to write a crappy message board application. Oh well.

    But have managed to prove that I should be able to use a gmail account to send notification emails from – not sure if this is an advantage or not over setting up an email server, but in the spirit of just getting something working in whatever way is easiest it does the job.

    Also a bit of tweaking of nginx config seemed to be having no effect, despite “ctrl shift delete, delete all cache” in firefox, which stumped me till I found a default file in /etc/nginx/sites-available which was what seemed to be taking precedence. Or maybe nginx wasn’t reloading the config like I thought it was when I ran “nginx -s reload”. Anyway, it’s working now, but need to experiment a bit to be confident that I’ve got any sort of a clue as to why.

    Code for emailing from Java using gmail (mostly from
    ) , sorry wordpress doesn’t format better …:


    import java.util.Date;
    import java.util.Properties;

    import javax.mail.Message;
    import javax.mail.MessagingException;
    import javax.mail.PasswordAuthentication;
    import javax.mail.Session;
    import javax.mail.Transport;
    import javax.mail.internet.InternetAddress;
    import javax.mail.internet.MimeMessage;

    * based on code here
    * @author Mike
    public class Emailer {
    private static final String SMTP_HOST_NAME = "";
    private static final String SMTP_PORT = "465";
    private static final String emailMsgTxt = "Test Message Contents";
    private static final String emailSubjectTxt = "A test from gmail";
    private static final String emailFromAddress = "";
    private static final String SSL_FACTORY = "";
    private static final String[] sendTo = { ""};

    public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {


    new Emailer().sendSSLMessage(sendTo, emailSubjectTxt,
    emailMsgTxt, emailFromAddress);
    System.out.println("Sucessfully Sent mail to All Users");

    public void sendSSLMessage(String recipients[], String subject,
    String message, String from) throws MessagingException {
    boolean debug = true;

    Properties props = new Properties();
    props.put("", SMTP_HOST_NAME);
    props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true");
    props.put("mail.debug", "true");
    props.put("mail.smtp.port", SMTP_PORT);
    props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.port", SMTP_PORT);
    props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.class", SSL_FACTORY);
    props.put("mail.smtp.socketFactory.fallback", "false");

    Session session = Session.getDefaultInstance(props,
    new javax.mail.Authenticator() {

    protected PasswordAuthentication getPasswordAuthentication() {
    return new PasswordAuthentication("", "PASSWORD");


    Message msg = new MimeMessage(session);
    InternetAddress addressFrom = new InternetAddress(from);

    InternetAddress[] addressTo = new InternetAddress[recipients.length];
    for (int i = 0; i < recipients.length; i++) {
    addressTo[i] = new InternetAddress(recipients[i]);
    msg.setRecipients(Message.RecipientType.TO, addressTo);

    // Setting the Subject and Content Type
    msg.setContent(message, "text/plain");


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