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Events, Twitter and iCal

We recently redid the backend for out events here at AADL. While you probably haven't seen many changes on the public site, we now have the backbone that will allow us to create all kinds of cool things and improved events. Online registration, My Events, reminders. All kinds of things will be possible.

Twitter

To test out the new system we made a few quick applications to take advantage of it. The first is a Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/aadl which gives announcements of events 30 minutes before they begin, among other things. Within a couple days there was already over a dozen followers. The twitter feed utilizes a PHP5 class that can be found at http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk/files which was coupled with a few simple calls to our events API. With our class and the Twitter class it took very little time to get up an running. A cron takes care of the rest.

iCal

Another big feature is iCal feeds that can be subscribed to for out events. This is still under active development so you may experience some occasional issues. Feel free to comment if you have any suggestions or problems. Here are the URLs currently available. I'll update the list as I add them. Only the Exhibits feed shows exhibits until I can fix some of the all day events so they don't clutter up your calendar.

To get events for a specific keyword you can do the following (replace keyword with your word of choice)

http://api.aadl.org/ical/search/keyword

Again, send any comments, suggestions or problems. Once the iCal becomes more stable you should see easy links on out website.

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