Back in September I was quite bored one night and (as you do when you’re bored) hacked our student timetables so I could subscribe to it in Google Calendar (or iCal or Outlook or any other calendaring app that supports .ics format).
Joss Winn was quite impressed and offered to host it for my on the Learning Lab server, he even wrote a blog post which boosted my ego for about twenty minutes.
Anyhow a few weeks on I’m really pleased to say that a lot of my fellow computing students are using it and I’ve been approached by the online services team (whom Nick works for) about turning my hack into “an official hack”. Not only that but I think I’ve worked out a way of tracking changes to your calendar and you being notified by @ul_timetables on Twitter AND if you send a direct message to the account you’ll also be able to add new events to your personal calendar (such as assessments and exams).
I’ve not actually written the code yet because I’m a bit stretched for time at the moment however as soon as it’s ready I’ll announce it here and on Twitter.
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