Viewing Oracle Calendar in Outlook 2007

Long ago, UVM’s Chief of SkunkWorks, Wesley Wright, put together a script to pull information out of our Oracle Calendar server. It can be used to display calendar data on a web page, but it also can be used to view (read-only) calendar information from applications that understand iCalendar. Wes wrote some instructions on importing calendar events into an iPod, and the script-invoking URL at the end actually works with Outlook 2007:

If you are an Oracle Calendar user, you can import your own calendar, provided that you have not restricted read access to your agenda. The URL for use with iCal Subscribe or for manual downloading is

http://scripts.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/CT_Cal.pl?fn1=surname&gn1=givenname&period=year&asical=1

replace surname with your Oracle Calendar surname (last name) and givenname with your Oracle Calendar given name (first name) . Example

http://scripts.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/CT_Cal.pl?fn1=wright&gn1=wesley&period=year&asical=1

To add Oracle calendar to Outlook 2007, open the Account Settings dialog and click the Internet Calendars tab. Click the New… button, and type in the script URL above, providing your own given and surnames.

Tools-Account Settings-Internet Calendars

Next, you can provide a more meaningful name and description for this calendar. (The default CT_Cal is a little opaque.)

Give the iCal entry a friendly name

 

Now, when you look at your calendar in Outlook, you should see a new entry under Other Calendars corresponding to the name you just created.

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Click that calendar to add it to the view.

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Remember, this is a read-only view of your Oracle Calendar agenda. It doesn’t provide any sync’ing features, or even alerts for the events contained in the calendar.

Many thanks to the master of Disruptive Innovation, Wesley Wright, for making this facility available.

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