Sync Google Calendar to Outlook

Seeing Google’s recent release of Google Calendar Sync, Alex Barnett has created a short screencast of how this is available as a browser-based utility through the WideLens reference application on Bungee Connect.

What are the key differences? First, Google Calendar Sync is a download-and-install application for your Windows desktop, whereas WideLens allows you to synchronize entirely in the browser. Depending on your use case, you may find one or the other scenario (or both) more practical. Second, WideLens allows you to view and manage your appointments for both Exchange and Google Calendars in a single consolidated view, with the ability to create, delete and manage new appointments on either system as well as within Salesforce.com and Facebook.

Finally, the WideLens codebase has been made available to Bungee developers under a very liberal open source license, allowing developers to make derivative works from the code base, so if you need to extend or pare down the base functionality, it’s readily available.

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2 Comments »

  1. Stefan said

    But can WideLens sync? = transfer the calendar data from one calender (db) to the other.
    We have a calendar interface in our MelbaFresh CRM program (LAMP) to present some of the entered activities. Still there is a need to sync with outlook/exchange as some of the users want to use Outlook as there user interface.
    There is alsow a need to sync with mobile devices and therefore the databases have to sync.

  2. Ted Haeger said

    @Stefan:
    WideLens can synch one calendar to the other, but it is not an automated process. The user must initiate the process.

    There are two reasons why it’s not automatic.
    First and foremost is that WideLens was created to be both a reference application, and a source code sample from which current and prospective Bungee developers could derive their own applications.
    Second is that, as a platform, Bungee Connect was designed for making excellent end user interfaces rather than back-end services. At present, Bungee Connect is not ready for hosting something like an always-running synch service. That will change, but there are still many things that we want to refine about the platform’s current capabilities.

    If you’re a developer, then you still might want to take a look into the WideLens source code in order to see how we implemented the different API’s used by WideLens.

    Thanks for your question, and please feel free to ask follow-ons.

    –Ted

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