Building a Mailing List
"Because I use Movable Type to manage my system, I could have used their API to develop a plugin that would activate on new posts to trigger distribution. I'm dubious about having to maintain that plugin, though, so I chose a very low-tech high-tech solution: a crontab entry. Every five minutes, a cron job queries the MySQL database to find posts made in the previous few minutes. If it finds a new post, it queries the list database for individual message subscribers and sends them each a unique email with a tracking code. (On my MySQL box, that query requires well under 0.001 seconds to run.)"
(Submitted by Noel Sun Jul 4, 2004 )
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