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       mapiconcepts - MAPI Concepts

   MAPI objects
       Almost any MAPI data you access, read or edit is associated with an object. No matter
       whether you intend to browse mailbox hierarchy, open folders, create tables or access
       items (messages, appointments, contacts, tasks, notes), you will have to initialize and
       use MAPI objects: object understanding and manipulation is fundamental.

       · When developing MAPI clients with Microsoft framework, instantiated objects inherit from
         parent classes. As a matter of fact, developers know which methods they can apply to
         objects and we suppose it makes their life easier.

       · In OpenChange, objects are opaque. They are generic data structures which content is set
         and accessed through MAPI public functions. Therefore, Linux MAPI developers must know
         what they are doing.

       An example of MAPI object manipulation is shown below:

               mapi_object     obj_store;


               retval = OpenMsgStore(&obj_store);
               if (retval != MAPI_E_SUCCESS) {
                       mapi_errstr('OpenMsgStore', GetLastError());
                       exit (1);

   MAPI Handles
       Beyond memory management considerations, understanding MAPI handles role in object
       manipulation provides a better understanding why mapi_object_release() matters.

       Handles are temporary identifiers returned by Exchange when you access or create objects
       on the server. They are used to make reference to a particular object all along its
       session lifetime. They are stored in unsigned integers, are unique for each object but
       temporary along MAPI session. Handles are the only links between objects accessed on the
       client side and efficiently stored on the server side.

       Although OpenChange MAPI makes handles manipulation transparent for developers,
       mapi_object_release() frees both the allocated memory for the object on client side, but
       also releases the object on the server.