O'Reilly Open Source Convention - August 1-5, 2005 - Portland, Oregon
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Session

It's Time to Share: Calendar Data Interchange
Michael Radwin, Technical Yahoo!, Yahoo! Inc.
David Sklar, Software Architect, Ning, Inc.

Track: Linux
Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Portland 252

Learn how to use the LAMP toolset to publish calendar interchange data in a variety of formats such as iCalendar, vCalendar, Palm Date Book Archive and Outlook CSV. The speakers will also share practical advice about how to avoid application-specific quirks such as time-zone differences and the representation of all-day (untimed) events.

This talk covers:

* A brief tour of popular calendar clients and interchange formats they support
- Microsoft Outlook
- Apple iCal.app
- Palm Desktop
- Mozilla Sunbird
- OSAF Chandler

* iCalendar (RFC 2445)
- interoperability hurdles and traps to avoid

* Calendar scheduling protocols
- iTIP, iMIP, CAP, CalDAV, HTTP PUT/POST
- Which to use, which to avoid

* Perl and PHP libraries for iCalendar
- Perl's Net::ICal and Date::ICal modules to parse and generate iCalendar files
- PHP's libical bindings

* Interfacing with PalmOS
- Perl Palm::DBA interface to generate Date Book Archive files for import into Palm Desktop

* Interfacing with Microsoft Outlook
- Comma Separated Values (CSV)
- vCalendar and iCalendar

* Advanced Topics
- Managing time zones with Perl/PHP
- Recurring events



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