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From:Richard Clarke Date:October 22 2002 8:03pm
Subject:Re: "Calendar" database
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Uhm, huh?
What use are these other products to him if his calendar is part of a bigger
application? What's he gonna do, plonk his webcalendar.sourceforge.net
instance into the middle of his current application? How exactly is he
reinventing the wheel? You comments clearly indicates that these other
calendars don't exactly simulate a round wheel.. more like a flat tyre.
On the other hand why is someone posing a question to the mysql list about
something barely related to mysql?
Maybe thats why this list has such rediculous amounts of e-mails :(

Original poster - my suggestion, do it yourself first then ask for help.

Ric.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Jan Steinman" <Jan@stripped>
To: <mysql@stripped>
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: "Calendar" database


> >From: Todd Cary <todd@stripped>
> >
> >I would like to get some suggestions for the structure of a sql
"Calendar" database.  My task is to create a "Calendar" of events in the San
Francisco Bay Area.  For instance, an event may be M-F 11:00 am, 3:30 pm,
7:30 pm and Sat 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
>
> Unless this is for a class, or unless your employer just wants you to burn
hours, or unless your organization can't tolerate a GPL, why re-invent the
wheel? Dates and times are devilishly tricky things to program.
>
> After a lot of searching and evaluating, I chose WebCalendar
<http://webcalendar.sourceforge.net>. You can see my results at
<http://www.bytesmiths.com/Events>. I added several fields for my purposes,
which wasn't terribly difficult. If you play with the search, there are no
events prior to 3 July 2002 or after January 2003. The default is "from last
Monday to the end of time."
>
> WebCalendar has a bunch of stuff that I don't need or want, such as
multiple language support, multi-user support. Some features that I DID want
appear broken or missing, like groups.
>
> FWIW, here's the notes I made during evaluation. All but the simplest of
these are PHP/MySQL based:
>
>  1154   WebCalendar favorite so far, but buggy.
>   286   calendar -- quite simple, perhaps simple enough to adapt!
>   300   calendar-1: (Lucid) buggy! Dosent' work past 2001!
>   174   calendar-3: simple event model that doesnt span days. Events are
not links.
>   530   calendar-5: wierd. Has two separate calendar layouts that don't
share data! Has good event facilities.
>  1740   calogic: looks like lots of potential, but reqires newer version
of mySQL!
>    86   cst-calendar: events are mere text, not links. Too simple.
>  1358   dotproject -- weak calendar display
>   590   myPHPCalendar -- display bugs, incomplete
>   158   phpplanner: cute & simple. Too simple.
> 11418   tutos -- too complicated!
>
> The first column is the size of the code as reported by "du". My apologies
in advance to the WebCalendar authors for calling it "buggy," when what I
probably meant at the time was "quirky." What works, works well, but it has
an unfinished feel about it.
>
> There are numerous things out there simply called "calendar". Otherwise,
it should be easy to locate most of these using search engines. Look at
<www.sourceforge.net> and <www.php.net>.
>
> IMHO, most of these put too much effort into GUI and not enough into data
modelling. I could care less about the GUI -- I planned to toss it anyway!
Some of these are probably wonderful for someone's needs, but the GUI was
bound too tight to the data model for me.
>
> I can't say I'm thrilled with the WebCalendar data model, but I bent it to
my purpose in just a few days, versus the weeks it might have taken me to do
it from scratch.
>
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"Calendar" databaseTodd Cary22 Oct
  • Re: "Calendar" databaseMichael T. Babcock22 Oct
Re: "Calendar" databaseJan Steinman22 Oct
Re: "Calendar" databaseRichard Clarke23 Oct
Re: "Calendar" databaseJan Steinman23 Oct