What I would like to see is an API (like user, subscription, assets, etc) for the Calendar system.
It would allow 3rd partysoftware the ability to directly interface the calendar system from Townnews without having to resort to FTP'd files
We currently have an in-house calendar that we use for print. Currently we have to manually export each of the calendar items from the townnews hosted management system, and enter it into our system by hand. Using an exported .CSV file will work, but we would then have to create an import system for it.
- The API would allow any 3rd party program a way to interface directly, in nearly real time, with your calendar system.
- For us, this would allow us to Add/Remove/Edit entries on-the-fly without having to wait for a batched upload and download to take place. It would give a much finer control to managing the entries in the calendar without having to 'translate' them into files for processing. Also much less change of any errors creeping into the individual entries.
- For a large company such as The New York Times, it would mean faster processing, less chances of failure, and more real-time processing instead of batches.
- For Townnews it would mean a lot less proccesing power would be needed at any given time to process the batch. Spreading this load out over a longer time would reduce any bottlenecks in the work flow that might be created with a large 'batch' being processed.
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