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Month: April 2008

Bug in BlackBerry Repeat Rule, MONTH_OF_YEAR Deincrements 1 Month

Bug in BlackBerry Repeat Rule, MONTH_OF_YEAR Deincrements 1 Month

I have noticed a bug in javax.microedition.pim.RepeatRule, when I tried to set a an event to repeat every second sunday of may I would get an event that repeated every second sunday of april. I determined that this was being caused by MONTH_OF_YEAR being deincremented by 1 month after the event was committed.

I worked around the problem by setting the value one month forward. However obviously, this does not work for december. I tried increasing the value of the MONTH_OF_YEAR setting, however java balks at any unknown value. Currently I am unable to set an event to occur on the second sunday in december. If anyone figures out a work around I would be greatful.

RIM has recognized that this is a bug, but who knows when the bug will be fixed. I attached a copy of the email I received from RIM:

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Improved Funambol Blackberry Plugin

Improved Funambol Blackberry Plugin

As promised I made significant improvements to the Funambol Blackberry Client, while the improvements are geared towards better functionality with ScheduleWorld.com, they should benefit individuals who use other SyncML servers as well.

The Improvements in 3.0.8.4 include:

  • Ignore milliseconds in date, fixes duplication on
    slowsync
  • Properly display entities such as quotes and ampersands
  • Allday events now show up on week and month view
  • Multiday Allday events are no longer short one day
  • All day events no longer duplicate on SlowSync
  • Accept basic ISO 8061 dates
  • Fixed error message that popped up whenever sending an email
  • Removed configuration section relating to email since Schedule World does not support email
  • Altered default settings in configuration to match Schedule World settings
  • Added AutoSync Feature - The client will query the server for changes every X hours.

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Fix for Sending Email with Funambol and Schedule World

Fix for Sending Email with Funambol and Schedule World

Those of us without a Blackberry Enterprise Server cannot automatically synchronize our calendar and contacts with our PC without directly pluging the Blackberry directly into the PC with a USB cable. This is where Funambol and ScheduleWorld come in. ScheduleWorld is a SyncML server, basically a Calendar and Contacts server. Funambol is an open source SyncML client for the blackberry. By using both of these programs you can sync your calendar and contacts to your PC over the air, without directly connecting your Blackberry to your PC. There are numerous tutorials for how to set this sytem up so I won’t waste your time discussing it here.

However, the Funambol ScheduleWorld setup has had one main issue for over a year. The problem stems from the fact that Funambol also allows for the synchronization of email while ScheduleWorld does not. Funambol allows users to unselect mail from synchronization. But even with mail unchecked Funambol still does some check of the mail which causes an error. Currently users will get the following error when sending an email:

Sorry you can't synchronize "mail", because the name of 
the Remote Mail in the Funambol configuration panel
mismatches the corresponding name on the server.

Users then had to select "resend" to force their email to send. Needless to say the whole process was very annoying. Funambol is an open source project so I decided to take a look.

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