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Akonadi

Akonadi
Akonadi Logo
Developer(s) KDE
Stable release 1.12.0 / March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)[1]
Written in C++
Operating system Unix-like, Windows
Type Personal information management
License LGPL 2.1
Website /Akonadi_PIM/KDE.org.kdecommunity

Akonadi is a storage service for personal information management (PIM) data and metadata named after the oracle goddess of justice in Ghana.[2][3] It is one of the “pillars” (core technologies) behind the KDE SC 4 project, although it is designed to be used in any desktop environment. It is extensible and provides concurrent read, write, and query access.

Akonadi provides unique desktop-wide object identification and retrieval.[4] It functions as an extensible data storage for all PIM applications. In KDE 3 each PIM application had different data storage and handling methods, which led to several implementations of essentially the same features. Besides data storage, Akonadi has several other components including search, and a library (cache) for easy access and notification of data changes.

Akonadi communicates with servers to fetch and send data instead of applications through a specialized API. Data can then be retrieved from Akonadi by a model designed to collect specific data (mail, calendar, contacts, etc.). The application itself is made of viewers and editors to display data to the user and let them input data. Akonadi also supports metadata created by applications.[5]

Because Akonadi takes care of data storage and retrieval, which are traditionally the difficult parts of creating a PIM application, development of PIM applications is made much easier. The Mailody developer Tom Albers demonstrated how a mail reader could be created in only 10 minutes using Akonadi.[6]

References

  1. ^ Dan Vrátil (2014-03-25). "Akonadi 1.12.0". KDE Projects. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  2. ^ "KDE PIM Osnabrueck 4 Meeting Minutes". KDE. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  3. ^ Sheldon, Kathleen (2005). Historical dictionary of women in Sub-Saharan Africa.  
  4. ^ "Akonadi Homepage". KDE. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Akonadi Hacking Meeting". KDE.News. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  6. ^ Tom Albers (2008). "Creating a mail reader in 10 minutes". Archived from the original on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
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