Outlook task scheduler

Does anyone know how to create an application similar to Outlook task scheduler using vb.net? I need to assign task to an employee, with the start date, due date, status and reminder that will be emailed to employee when the task is assigned or overdue.

Any pointers will be welcome. I just don't know where to start.


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Ignacio Soler GarciaSolution Architech & Technical LeadCommented:
Also you can look at the Microsoft Project, a full program used to do this kind of things ...

SvjetlanaAuthor Commented:
I have tried those links, thanks, but they do not really help me. I need something like Outlook Calendar and Task Scheduler, rather then Windows Task Scheduler.

I don't understand what do you mean have a look at Microsoft Project? I haven't got this software and also how can I relate this to VB.NET.

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Ignacio Soler GarciaSolution Architech & Technical LeadCommented:
I was telling you that the Microsoft Project program should give you hints about what can be done for this issue.

I think the best way is to use a database to store the data, you have to dessing a DB with works, employees, etc and a checker that controls when a email is needed to send.

There are lots of classes done already to send emails...
SvjetlanaAuthor Commented:
Thanks SoMoS.

I am using the SQL database and Window Forms to assign task. I have created 3 win forms similiar to Microsoft Outlook, but my problem is how to connect them together, i.e.
assign task, set reminder, apply status of the task and actual work spent on the task.

I have previously tried this code, but the problem is that it will only run if the user has MS Outlook installed on their computer, and I don't want this to happen.

imports System.Reflection

Module Module1

    Sub Main()
        ' Create an Outlook application.
        Dim oApp As Outlook.Application = New Outlook.Application()

        ' Get NameSpace and Logon.
        Dim oNS As Outlook.NameSpace = oApp.GetNamespace("mapi")
        oNS.Logon("YourValidProfile", Missing.Value, False, True) ' TODO:

        ' Create a new AppointmentItem.
        Dim oAppt As Outlook.AppointmentItem = oApp.CreateItem(Outlook.OlItemType.olAppointmentItem)
        'oAppt.Display(true)  'Modal      

        ' Set some common properties.
        oAppt.Subject = "Test"
        oAppt.Body = "Hello World"
        oAppt.Location = "Test"

        oAppt.Start = Convert.ToDateTime("28/10/2004 4:10:00 PM")
        oAppt.End = Convert.ToDateTime("28/10/2004 4:30:00 PM")

        oAppt.ReminderSet = True
        oAppt.ReminderMinutesBeforeStart = 5
        oAppt.BusyStatus = Outlook.OlBusyStatus.olBusy  '  olBusy
        oAppt.IsOnlineMeeting = False

        ' Save to Calendar.

        ' Display.

        ' Logoff.

        ' Clean up.
        oApp = Nothing
        oNS = Nothing
        oAppt = Nothing
    End Sub

End Module

If you have a similiar example or if you know where I can look for it please let me know.


As you dont want to use Outlook so you need to make your own scheduler.
So you can use the Windows BuildIn scheduler or you can make your own.
First two links show how to make a scheduler ****without **** using Windows Build In scheduler
SvjetlanaAuthor Commented:
Sorry armoghan, but this does not help me at all. I am developing my own scheduler.

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