InfoPath & Outlook 2003 Calendar Sync


If the title of this post interested you, check out Microsoft’s Sample solution for Recruiting, which has sample code for scenarios involving interview management. Just follow these links:

http://www.gotdotnet.com/Workspaces/Workspace.aspx?id=162697e2-c63c-42e4-adae-a64b73e9b0a6

http://www.microsoft.com/office/solutions/accelerators/recruiting/default.mspx

The full source code is available for download at the first link above. Among other things, it has an InfoPath solution which:

  • Enables automatic scheduling (and creating) of appointments by looking up Exchange’s free busy information
  • Does processing of appointment accept/reject messages
    Presents the free busy information in the same way Outlook does, all in the InfoPath view!
  • Configurable scheduling window with built-in constraints such as “lunch”, “last” and “optional”
  • Smart algorithm for picking meeting times based on the number of interviewers – blending brute force with a Monte Carlo/heuristics-based mechanism.

Cool stuff!