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Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

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    Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

    Hi, All

    I followed and copied the Xbasic for Everyone, Chapter 44 - Calendar application.
    After "Step 3. Show the appointments on the calendar", I can not bring the appointments on my calendar. The program only shows the Calendar, no appointments.

    What did I miss on this chapter?

    Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

    You had a couple of small typos in the get_day_list function:

    FUNCTION Get_day_list AS C (Day AS C, Owner AS C )
    dim tmp as c=""
    dim d1 as T =ctodt(day+" [COLOR="Red"]00:00:01[/COLOR]")
    dim d2 as T =ctodt(day+"[COLOR="Red"] 23:59:59[/COLOR]")
    	filter= "between(datetime,"+s_quote(d1)+ "," +s_quote(d2)+").and. owner="+s_quote(owner)
    	    "'{b=white,blue}'+time(\"h:0m AM\",datetime)+' '+[COLOR="Red"]left[/COLOR](padr(description,30,' '),30)+'^'+id",\
    The space between the day and the time is required for a valid Time variable.


      Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

      Is anything on the drawing board for Version 10?


        Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

        Susan Bush is coming out with one of her books for v10.


          Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

          Thanks for the feedback. I look forward to the release.


            Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

            As an alternative I thought I would mention this....

            US Flashmap makes a product called FlashCalendarPro.


            They have a free trial you can download.

            I have incorporated it into my desktop app. It uses a simple XML file for the data.

            Mauricio who frequents the web side of things has made this add on as a way to incorporate the FlashCalendarPro into your web apps with no coding. But, since you can use a web content supercontrol in your desktop might be able to use his utility to incorporate it into your desktop apps. I don't know since I don't own his utility yet. I wrote my own routine to get my data out in the XML file structure needed for the Flash Calendar.

            Note - you cannot use a *.a5w page in the web content super control without running the Alpha Web Server. Since, nearly all computers have Flash on them, all you need is a basic html file inserted into a desktop form to run (no app server needed).

            Attached is a screen shot of one of my desktop apps running a flash calendar.

            The free trial that comes with FlashCalendarPro comes with a index.html that you can easily place on a deskop for if you want to see how it works inside Alpha......or just double click on the index.html file and your browser will open up and you can see how it works. It is quite slick actually.




              Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

              Good Morning Jeff,
              all you need is a basic html file inserted into a desktop form to run (no app server needed).

              I do not know anything about Web nor HTML. Where do I start the HTML?


                Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

                Good Morning John

                Attached is a very quick example I put together showing the concept. The table has no date is just a placeholder for the purposes of this example only. In the real world obviously you would need a table with date fields.

                The form shows the example data that is coming from the events xml file for FlashCalendarPro. This is the demo version of FlashCalendarPro so it will time out.

                I have hard coded everything here so you have to extract it to a specific spot to work.(C:\DesktopFlashCalDemo)

                You acutally don't need to know html or anything else. You just need to be able to create an xml file with your data. You can continue to use the supplied index.html page(it will time out but the registered version works exactly the same) - it just reads the xml file for it's data.

                Even though you are not doing a web page (the intent for Mauricio's utility I mentioned). His utility undoubtedly will create the events xml file you need if you don't feel comfortable extracting the data on your own.




                  Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

                  Here's something really impressive about Flash calendar: a clear, prioritized development roadmap.

                  Wouldn't you like to see Alpha provide this kind of direction?


                  Flash CalendarPro 2008 product development roadway.
                  We keep working on improving Flash Calendar Software. Our product Roadway is available for public to provide overview of whatweare working on and what will be available in the new versions.

                  All features, improvements and modifications and considered from several viewpoints:

                  User Experience (GUI)
                  Week View
                  Advanced Search & List View
                  Dynamic size (scalable width, height)
                  Print Layout
                  Primary/Secondary TimeZone
                  TimeZones map
                  3 Column design, new interactivity model
                  New Design (Transparent-windows, iPhone skin)
                  Multi-user (multiple calendars)
                  Tasks (2do lists)
                  Add TimeZones for events
                  Software Integration
                  MS Outlook (synchronization plugin)
                  Compliance with MS Outlook and Apple iCal
                  Save 1 event
                  export/Import entire calendar (via Export Events -> iCal)
                  Third Party Product Integration
                  ActionScript API
                  JS API
                  ActionScript 3.0 compliancy (via LocalConnections)
                  Flex Integration
                  iCal file format (according to the format specification)
                  Add Personal Tasks
                  Public Service (ClandarPro software as a service)
                  Desktop application
                  * Items marked with YELLOW are currently in development and will be available in the next version.

                  * GREEN Items are already implemented, but will be available in the next version.


                    Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

                    Hi, Peter

                    After I corrected the Red color scripts, I still not get the appointments on the calendar.

                    Thank you


                      Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

                      Good morning Jeff,

                      All I can see the Dummy table and FlashCalDemo form. There are no scripts or other direction.


                        Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

                        Hi John,

                        Yes, that is the beauty of the flash calendar. Nothing else is needed. But, you just have to extract your data and save it to an events.xml file. You can find it in subdirectory under the main directory. Right click on it and choose edit and you can see it is a fairly simple text file.

                        I have a routine that generates the XML (for my needs -not necessary made for general do everything for everyone) that I will post. But, I do not want to do so unless Mauricio is ok with me doing so. Mauricio's no coding utility produces the needed xml file and allows for much more configuration with no coding than my UDF. I don't want to post my xml routine(s) unless Mauricio is ok with it since he has spent the time and effort to create a utility that interfaces with Flash Calendar Pro and my routine somewhat infringes on what he has done.




                          Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application

                          Hi John...btw....if you open the form in the sample do you see the calendar?


                            Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application


                            No. No calendar.

                            I have the " This program cannot display the webpage ..."

                            Jeff, Does Mauricio, his interface program provide only Web version, right?


                              Re: Chapter 44. A Calendar Application


                              Make sure you have my example extracted so the main ADB file is located at C:\DesktopFlashCalDemo and you should be able to see the sample when you open the form

                              As far as I know his utility is for the web side but it should not be difficult to adapt to the desktop side. The events.xml file is exactly the same doing either web or desktop. You might be able to use his util as is with just a minor tweak or two for the desktop side. Perhaps contact him and see what he has to say. Sorry I could not be more help with his utility.