Calendar and notes app

katir at hindu.org katir at hindu.org
Sun Dec 14 23:03:48 CST 2003


In this particular case they all are using Macs. However, iCal won't let multiple users modify the same calendar. I want all of the secretaries to be able to schedule the rooms.

I also don't think iCal can do the notes that I'm thinking of.

Bill Vlahos
Okay, let me try to rephraze that rule: system and rev (official) dialogs return content in it but the button clicks or error in the result.

Well, choosing "Cancel" in a system dialog box would return dialogData...feedback on user selection is consider "error data" but "Cancel" is passed to "the result," not "it"  for "answer printer"

So, if there is a "general rule" its not that which you propose.
It would be good to now what it is...


On Dec 1, 2003, at 3:11 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

Alex Rice wrote:

On Nov 30, 2003, at 12:46 PM, katir at hindu.org wrote:
This is either a bug, where for use of  "answer printer" Rev should
pass the result to "it" or needs more documentation if the globally
expected engine behavior is for anything from the system to *not* be
in "it" but be passed via the result, which is also logical. Old time
xTalkers may take that for granted, newbies will stumble

As Ken confirmed, the solution is to check the result, not "it". I
think the docs reflect that.
As a relative new xtalker I have sometimes been confused when sometimes
"it" is called for, and sometimes "the result". Is there any general
rule to be aware of?

As a very general rule, "the result" is used for error info while "it"
contains data.

Are there other exceptions to this?

Set the dontUseQT property to true, and it should revert to using Windows
MediaPlayer which should play MP3's and MPEG files in a player object. Also
depends whether you want to play short embedded clips or full movies/sound
recordings from files.


Bill, interesting you should just bring this up... I was about to query the list if anyone was working in Rev with the PDI (personal Data interchange standards) and .ics format. 

but first, yes Rev is fantastic for web pages, I build daily web pages every day with it. Hindu Press International (see our web site) which appears daily and is inserted into many different pages, is all built, every day from Revolution. Not only are the pages built, but the FTP and archives etc...everything done in Revolution. It's a dream machine.  (www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/) Obviously one has to know a bit of HTML, but with a few templates and savvy
replace "##someWebPageComponent## "with fld "todaysAnnouncements"  and libURL you can do amazing stuff.
As for calendars, 
Just the other day we set up webDav  and iCal.ics file on a server on the LAN. And I wrote a script to parse  a line delimited European style calendar (my own preference in my own xTalk PIM that I've been using for 15 years...) 
e.g. 
12/13/03	Sun 4, Saturday,
12/14/03	Sun 5, Sunday,
12/15/03	Sun 6, Monday, T
12/16/03	Ashtami, Tuesday, 
|	12/16/03 8:00 AM	Help  christina with her spanish translation
|	12/16/03 8:00 AM	Press release for Innersearch

and generated a slimed down .isc file (no metadata in the entries needed for upload, if you open iCal make entries and export you will see what a complete file looks like, but you don't need all that metadata for simple entries) file like this is and "ALL DAY " event listing, but you just add one or two lines to set to a specific time (see the iCal export):

BEGIN:VCALENDAR
BEGIN:VEVENT
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20031206
DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20031206
SUMMARY: Editorial meeting
DESCRIPTION: Need to discuss accelerated schedule to be finished next issue before staff leaves for India.
END:VEVENT
BEGIN:VEVENT
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE:20031207
DTEND;VALUE=DATE:20031207
SUMMARY: Upload Study Guide PDF's to Michigan!
DESCRIPTION: Rob is expecting all his files Mondy morning, so you need to wrap up proofing and complete the upload by Sunday night
END:VEVENT
END:VCALENDAR

This is truncated.. there were entries for 3 years... put that on the server and then  client machines we they can subscribe to it in iCal, but point is, it's baby simple text manipulation to generate what iCal is expecting.

Now, next stage will be to have a little widget in Rev that can be used for entering items. Because iCal won't allow subscribers to modify the calendar, I think we can just use FTP across the LAN for the clients to make entries into the calendar. Since this is a text file we will have to have come read and write controls to simultaneous access, but that's easily managed for such a small work group. I think that will about do it. Four secretaries they could have read and write permission for their own calendar and the other three could subscriber to each other's calendar.

anyway, we are working on having this functional for 21 users  on the LAN an eventually global input. vCal has lots of possibilities.. see http://www.imc.org/pdi/

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| I also don't think iCal can do the notes that I'm thinking of.

Again that's easy enough if your work group can live with an "in use" status of a file on the server. Let each one read and write a single notes file, while locking out the others. Of course this can be problematic for a lot of activity but I'm in the "keep it simple school."  mySQL is over kill for what you want. if only we had multi-user stack controls for low end stuff like this it would be great... there are possibly simple options I can't think of...

Sivakatirswami



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