Update on calendar stuff

I haven’t done much with my calendar stuff recently, for a couple of reasons; one being that work has been crazy and I haven’t had much time to hack on it, and another being that it’s all working without a hitch. I don’t even have to think about the Oracle Calendar stuff; my cron job auto-downloads it several times a day, and all I need to do is fire up iCal, refresh all calendars, and sync to the Palm. I see that Missing Sync version 5.0.3 final has been released, but beta6 is working fine for me so I’m not in a fired-up hurry to upgrade. I’m starting to make more and more use of iCal’s concept of multiple calendars; I already have a calendar with various family birthdays and anniversaries, and I’m going to do one with holidays. Holidays will be a good test of how the Palm handles repeating events, and how well Missing Sync translates repeating events from the iCalendar files to the Palm. I’ve also found myself using PHP iCalendar quite a bit when I don’t have my Mac handy. All in all, I’m really happy with how this whole thing has turned out.

What’s next? More features, of course. I’d really like to have attendee data for some of my meetings. Because of the performance issues involved with downloading attendees, I’ll have to do two separate downloads (a large range without attendee data, and a small range with attendees) and merge the two together. This could create some problems because of the way I’m munging UIDs for repeating events. Since I’m just appending ascending numbers to create unique UIDs, there’s the chance that the same event could get a different UID depending on the date range that’s being downloaded. I think before I try to do anything fancy, I need to rethink the way I’m assigning UIDs to events. This could present an interesting challenge. Anyhow, more on that later.

The Holy Grail of this project, of course, would be to have two-way syncing with Oracle Calendar, where changes I make on the Palm or in iCal will get back-propagated to Oracle Calendar. However, this increases the complexity of the project quite a bit, and I doubt I’ll ever go there. I don’t really miss the functionality all that much anyhow.


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