I am at the annual KDEPIM meeting in Osnabrück for the weekend. It is awesome meeting old friends again and seeing new faces as well. Even better is that it is a welcome break from writing my thesis which is due next week, one weekend of hacking in discussing without worries.
I took the opportunity to hack on Facebook support for KDEPIM. The result is an Akonadi resource that provides access to your Facebook friends and events.
Screenshots say more than thousand words, so below are two screenshots, showing my Facebook friends in KAddressbook and showing my Facebook events in KOrganizer. Notice how birthdays from Facebook are automatically integrated (although birthdays without the year display the wrong age at the moment).
Sorry for the ugly widget style in the screenshots, for some reason the Oxygen style doesn’t work for me.
That is not all! Since events also show in the Plasma clock calendar, the events from Facebook are automatically shown there as well. The Kontact summary will of course show upcoming birthdays and events from Facebook. The data is also cached when you are offline, thanks to the Akonadi framework. Much more is planned for the future:
- Show the Facebook news feed in the Kontact summary and in a plasma widget
- Show Facebook notes in KJots
- Support for Facebook messages, either in KMail or in a custom Kontact plugin
- Support for creating and editing events
The Facebook resource is still very young, thus there is no official release yet. Work is underway for a 0.1 release, just a bit of polishing is needed.
Please try out the resource for yourself and help with testing. Since it is a developer preview, you need to build the resource from source code. Do the following:
Make sure to have an up-to-date kdepimlibs from Git master, the resource needs new API that was added this weekend
- Get the source code with git clone git://anongit.kde.org/akonadi-facebook
- Build and install
- Open KAddressbook and chose File->New->Add Address Book.
- Select Facebook. A settings dialog will open.
- In the settings dialog, click the Authenticate button
- A webpage will open and ask you to give the KDE Connector access to the Facebook data. Confirm that. You may need to login to Facebook first.
- Close the settings dialog. The address book and calendar should automatically synchronize with Facebook. If not, you can always do that manually by right-clicking on the Facebook address book or calendar folder.
Please contact me in case you have any problems or feedback. Bugs are best reported on the KDE bugtracker, there is a Facebook component for the Akonadi product.
For version 0.1, I plan to move the repository to projects.kde.org and add support for translations. More importantly, 0.1 will be the first real release, which will hopefully be picked up by packagers, so stay tuned!
Oh, and since we’re talking about Facebook, there is also a page for the Akonadi resource here, click the Like button if you like it🙂
Writing the resource was easy and lots of fun, and hopefully many of you will find it useful. I am certainly looking forward adding more cool features to it.
Update: The Facebook resource should now compile against KDE SC 4.6.0. Please comment or file a bug report if you still have a problem compiling.
Update: Some people report having trouble authenticating with Facebook, sometimes the links in the embedded web view don’t seem to work. I would appreciate help from a KDE webkit developer here. To workaround that problem, first log in to Facebook with Konqueror. You may also need to grab the authentication URL from the debug output of the resource and view that URL in Konqueror, you should see something like “https://graph.facebook.com/oauth/authorize?…” in the debug output. Update: The bug in the authentication was caused by a bug in kdelibs master, which has already been fixed.