The Downsides of Stubbing (And When You Should Ignore Them)
Because of its introduction in GroupWise 8, stubbing is getting a lot of attention lately. The idea behind stubbing is to display email in a user’s inbox, but have the actual email content reside outside the email server. The benefit is that you get to keep your messaging system relatively streamlined, but still give users easy access to those stored messages.
This sounds pretty good, but a bit of Googling may have you wondering about the value of stubbing. Although there are some mixed opinions about stubbing, I fall into the “pro-stubbing” camp. Let me re-phrase that. I’m pro-stubbing when stubbing is done correctly.
The criticisms of stubbing are usually rooted in poor uses of stubbing. It’s kind of like saying you shouldn’t exercise because you might get hurt. Well sure, if you don’t warm up properly, you might end up with a pulled muscle. But, does that mean you shouldn’t exercise at all? (If you’re looking for an excuse to skip a trip to the gym, don’t answer that.)
Here’s a good rule of thumb: Stubbing works well for large items and aging items. Anything else, and you’re not using the technology the way it was intended.