outlook calendar sync with extral web server

hi i am trying to build a plugin for outlook to sync all the events between a external web server with local outlook

please advices

thanks
emeraldpiggyAsked:
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lucky_jamesCommented:
1. Build a plugin using MAPI to interact with the outlook.
2. Create a component which can interact with the web server. (this largely depends on your implementation).
3. The you can have a third module which will use these modules (created in 1 & 2) to do the sync.

Let me know if you need anymore clarity.

James
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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
thanks for the quick response
May I ask whats the best to communicate if its 2 way sync? soap client ? was trying to use icalendar
doesnt work out well
any ideas?
thanks
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lucky_jamesCommented:
You can make use of wcf duplex communication.


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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
hi lucky james
since we dont use IIS
so it must be a wcf windows sevices compoents
can we use ms sync framework with outlook addin?
any suggestions on this?
thanks
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lucky_jamesCommented:
Hi emeraldpiggy,
>>so it must be a wcf windows sevices compoents
that should be fine. Your design will then be reactive. Earlier it would have been proactive.

>>can we use ms sync framework with outlook addin?
I feel you can use....but I am not too much sure of this. I have always used my own design while doing such kind of contract projects. :)

Let me know if you need any more clarity/help.
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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
btw mapi seems to be a replace for smtpcleint in system.net.mail. what i need is to sync the calendar events not the email s
thanks
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lucky_jamesCommented:
that should be supported by MAPI. I remember I have done that for calender while doing a project on contract.
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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
ohh do u have any sample code for this?
how about just using outlook addin ?
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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
thanks i missed your outlook addin part sorry for the double questions

any idea how to do the 2 way communication?

soap would be your choice?
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lucky_jamesCommented:
I would have preferred duplex WCF as it takes care of both 2 ways on its own.
SOAP is the next way for me to do so.

James.
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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
hi lucky james
tried in soap  today  wouldnt be able to do it

do u have any sample code for doing this?
thanks
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lucky_jamesCommented:
nopes. I dont have.
But I am still wondering how you are going to do that.....
SOAP by itself is simplex only. unless you push the xmls periodically.
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emeraldpiggyAuthor Commented:
used soap with application services api
worked
but not as good as it supposed to be
guess i will have to connect to the sharepoint to do the push
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