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Very interesting release from The Mother of All Search Engines ;-)
The Google Calendar Folks write:
"Simplify. Organize. (And relax.) Organizing your schedule shouldn't be a burden. That's why we've created Google Calendar – our free online shareable calendar service. With Google Calendar, it's easy to keep track of all your life's important events – birthdays, reunions, little league games, doctor's appointments – all in one place.
Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It's organizing made easy."
Matt has also posted today on his blog more detailes and practical examples on using the calendar.
May need a couple of UI enhancements to get this all polished, but I think, in all, this is a very well-thought out product. Reminds me a lot of outlook's calendar, but a lot slicker. And I'm still waiting to see what happens with events in Gmail - if it's what I'm building it up to be in my head, then it's actually gonna be pretty cool!
However, the calendar still needs work. In the 10 minutes I tried it I was frustrated many times:
1. Sharing didn't work at all
2. Couldn't get access to calendars like "US holidays"
3. Times would default to am, so i would have to go in and manually change that.
4. Some keys moved me around the calendar when all I was trying to do was change am to pm - got irritating.
BTW, Google now offers horoscopes on the personalized google homepage. Maybe this is old news, but it seems like the final nail in the "10 things Google doesn't do" philosophy.
Step One: Invite a phony "site admin" account from your domain to joing GMail.
Step Two: Use that phony "site admin" account to create a Google Calendar. Make the Calendar fully public.
Step 3: Populate the calendar with "events" that are set to happen on your site.
Step 4: Use the XML feed to plug those events into a basic API on your site.
Step 5: Sit back, and enjoy more free traffic from the G-Man.
it'd be pretty cool too if this could somehow be integrated with google toolbar. surfing and being notified of schedules or agendas that need to be accomplished. maybe a time management/efficiency feature integrated
You can use
To find this, click on the down arrow beside the name of your calendar in the "Calendars" box on the left hand side of the screen. In the box that appears click "Calendar Settings." Click on the XML button beside "Calendar Address" to get the address of the XML feed.
The downside is that the links it generates as a feed will link back to the "event description" in google calendar. Any links you put into field 3 "Description" (under edit details in google calendar) will be active links to whatever you want when viewing the event in G calendar.
It's not particularly elegant, but it sorta works. I only had about 30 minutes to fiddle with it yesterday, and now I'm heading out camping and won't be back for a week.
There are better ways to turn an XML feed into something you can cut and paste into code, but that was, as I said, quick and dirty.
The whole process needs a more refined solution. I'm thinking some minor modifications of that jade ap will allow it to parse out links from the feed so they can go directly to your site.
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