Perhaps we should be speaking about things moving “at the speed of the web”…. go away from a web based tool/service for a week or more, and you may have missed 3 new versions or 40 new features. No I am not complaining (I like the chaos), just observing from a floating raft in the river web.
A few barks back, I was trying to find a way to incorporate data form a Google calender into a wordpress powered site. Editing the calendar was slick in the Google Calendar interface, but sipping out content… well I tried some WordPress Plugins (mixed results, difficult to control output, or to get events in the right order); tried some AJAX code but later found this was yielding RSS telling me the calendar changes, not the date order– and lastly, using an iCal plugin.
This effort is for NMC’s Second Life Campus site — my grand goal is that as people start to plan classes, meetings, presentations here, we can get them to toss it on a gCalendar. Maybe too grand.
Well heck, I should have gone outside for a few days and shoveled some rock, since just waiting would yield what I found today – Google Calendar now has a tool to generate on an external web site– a Calendar like display. It’s perfect! Instead of wrestling with parsing of RSS/iCal content, I get a pretty wall calendar- see http://www.nmc.org/sl/calendar/. It sits inside an HTML iframe (need to look at that for layout/accessibility problems).
The only thing missing now are… some things on the calendar. Another project in the making. I also have a wiki going (not yet opened) where we are writing mor of our user documentation, and hoping to get some participating from those using the NMC Campus in the writing of it.
Sometimes in this fast paced world of technology it just pays to wait… but not too long.