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    Default How to extend Calendar Entries to include time billing information

    G'day Community!

    Love Zimbra - fantastic product. I'm investigating what ways we could integrate our time billing system with Zimbra so that:
    1. Users can easily view time billing entries in their Calendar (or a special Time Billing Calendar), providing a view of billable time vs non-billable
    2. Assign time billing information to calendar entries, eg. select client account, job#, work order
    3. Read/write the billing information to an external system

    (Or any other suggestions!)

    I've read this partially completed series of Wiki articles:
    http://wiki.zimbra.com/index.php?title=User:JoshPrismon

    It's pretty inspiring stuff, but incomplete. So I was wondering if anyone has done this before? Or can provide some directions/URL's on how this may be done or tips on how to start.

    Any help greatly appreciated!

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    Hey there!! Sorry for the late'ish reply been backed up with stuff so a little slower than usual.

    You can use the REST interface to auto-create events in user's calendars or you can create and manage the calendars from a central admin mailbox. The extra meta data about client#, job etc can all go in the notes. If you structure it or add a Zimlet you can make this data *live* so a hover over the client# brings up customer information or a job number brings up the work order.

    Again for sync'ing the external system you can use the REST or SOAP api. A tech could update the event when they complete it and you can read that information for a external system update.
    Looking for new beta users -> Co-Founder of Acompli. Previously worked at Zimbra (and Yahoo! & VMware) since 2005.

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    Default REST Interface

    Thanks Kev. Can you show me where the documentation is on the REST interface? Doco & some examples would be good.

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    Default Found the Zimlet doco!

    For those reading this thread, Zimlet doco is available on this page:
    http://www.zimbra.com/products/zimlets.html

    And specifically, here:
    http://www.zimbra.com/pdf/Zimbra%20Z...Whitepaper.pdf

    (And yes I am slightly embarrassed at not noticing that link!)

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