[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Discussion of a possible project - offline calendar project

From: Matthew Allum mallum at gmail.com
Date: Tue Jan 16 14:34:34 EET 2007

On 1/15/07, Andrew Flegg <andrew at bleb.org> wrote:
> On 1/15/07, Martin Grimme <mgrimme at online.de> wrote:
> >
> [development of another PIM suite]
> >
> > This sounds really interesting. I know that there are already
> > applications like dates or GPE-calendar for the N770 but both
> > don't fit my needs. Since my idea was to write some sort of
> > PIM suite specially for the 770 in the near future, maybe we
> > should join efforts.
> I don't think GPE is the perfect PIM suite (it is the most mature
> we've got, though) and Dates is still very immature. However, is what
> you want so diametrically opposed to the aims of these two projects
> that you couldn't work with them to improve the existing projects,
> rather than creating another?

I guess though similar on the surface in what they do, they are
actually very different in how they go about things. For example
Dates, unlike GPE-cal(afaik), uses a client<->server split and
attempts to align itself more with, and reuse, desktop technologies in
having an optimised EDS backend (which actually gives *alot* for 'free
but not of all that functionality used as yet ). We also wanted to
experiement a bit with the UI as to at least try and come up with
something workable but original that didn't follow the kind of
standard PDA calendar app blueprint.

> If it's a case of getting in at the ground floor, the relative youth
> of Dates might be more interesting to you; and there are some nice UI
> ideas in there which will only improve with decent synchronisation.
 > I don't know the people at Opened Hand responsible for Dates, but I
> can't believe they wouldn't be interested in the help? Especially from
> two talented, enthusiastic programmers.

Of course help is always welcomed, Bugzilla;
is a good place to start.

Just as a note, Dates is still being developed (we recently released
0.2 for example and have bora packages - maemo.o-hand.com ). We have
basic syncing (This is infact where we have been currently focusing,
admittadly limited ,attention) just not quite at release quality as

  -- Matthew

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