We use various flavors of Agile where I work. In order for these systems to work, everyone has to estimate the amount of work they can get done in the next time block (sprint). Unfortunately, we have seen many issues where people have not properly estimated their time. One big problem is that nobody checks their calendar before comitting to get a certain amount of wok done.
To combat this problem I put together a java application that interacts with Microsoft Exchange and can calculate the time you have available after accounting for meetings scheduled on your work calendar. This CLI tool is called: jCalendarView. Source code and binary is available after the jump.
- EWS Java API 1.2 -get started! [blogs.msdn.com]
- Exchange Web Services Managed API: Recurrence Expansion through the findItem method [stackoverflow.com]
- How to retrieve recurring appointments? [stackoverflow.com]
- Accessing Calendar items in a recurring series by using the EWS managed API [msdn.microsoft.com]
- Getting started with EWS Java API.RTF [Document that comes along with the Java EWS API zip file]
How it works
Microsoft provides a Java API for MS Exchange Web Services (Outlook web services). This makes it very easy to jump in and work with Exchange on non-.NET platforms. As my team at work has been pushed to use Java over .NET and I have been moved to a MacBook, this Microsoft provided library has proven to be quite useful to me.
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Here are a couple of shots of what the program looks like
Prerequisites & How to operate
In order to run this software you must have Java installed and working on your machine. I developed against Java 7 update 51. If you use an older java edition YMMV.
Operating the program is pretty simple: Just specify your username and how many weeks in advance you want to forecast:
java -jar jCalendarView.jar -u firstname.lastname@example.org -w 1
If you want a help screen, just pass in the --help flag for more information on the available flags.
The Eclipse project and the Jar executable are downloadable here: jCalendarView.zip
To get access to the jar, expand the dist sub-directory.