Columbia InterNet Extensible Multimedia Architecture (CINEMA) provides a test
bed for different
multimedia and Internet telephony applications. We have implemented this project to provide CINEMA
with a module that enables interaction between users about events like seminars, conferences, meetings etc.
The means of interaction is a Message board.
A Message board is a user interface to access and update the database. It displays the data to the users
in the form of posted messages organized according to an event. Each of the 'eventgroups' has its own
message board. Users can post messages, reply to posted messages, receive messages in their e-mail
and post messages to a board through their e-mail.
CINEMA is a software that allows multiple users to login and avail services like Video conference
participation, maintain address book, use voice mails, access information regarding meetings, seminars
and other events.
A message board in this system acts as a discussion group among the users where they can share their
ideas and queries regarding a particular event. This keeps an event, that has occurred in the past, alive
and active. Another important aspect is the ease of information distribution, as a user can simply post
a message and it can be broadcasted to the registered users.
The organization of the report is as follows:
2. Related Work
4. Program Documentation
5. Future work
Message board is a very common module among the internet application now.
Most of the website that
allow inter-user communications provide a message board. This project is very much CINEMA specific
and can be extended to support voice messages in a similar manner.
1. The database tables used are - 'messageboard' and 'eventgroup_notify'
messageboard table -
It stores the messages that are posted. Parent field identifies the replies to a Thread message.
eventgroup field separated the messages of different eventgroups.
eventgroup_notify table -
It stores the users who register themselves to receive messages in e-mail for a particular eventgroup.
2. Screen Transition Diagram :
The use of a hierarchical tree structure to display the messages.To have [+] and [-] signs to
The use of references in the mail header, when message is sent to registered users in e-mail
so that users can reply to posted messages through their e-mail.
Use of 'In-Reply-To : e-mail messageID', is a solution. A separate table needs to be created
to store these unique e-mail messageID of the messages that are posted. When an email comes
from a user that contains the message to be posted, then emailnotify.tcl needs to lookup this
table to find out if this email is a reply to a posted message or a new post(thread).
 www.scriptics.com - Tcl tutorials
 CINEMA technical report - http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~kns10/publication/cinematr.pdf
 Tcl tutor - computer aided instruction package to learn Tcl - http://www.msen.com/~clif/TclTutor.html