First of all, I’d like to apologize for not adding in new blog posts once in a while. There have been a few topics I could have written about, but I never got around to it. The consequence is that there will be a few posts in succession now, I hope to be better about this in the future.
In this post, I’d like to tell you a little bit about the changes to the Provider for Google Calendar that have taken place in the last months. With due prior notice, Google has shut down version 1 and version 2 of the Google Calendar API. The previous version of the Provider for Google Calendar, version 0.32, was still using the API v1.
- Support for tasks using the Google Tasks API
- A very user friendly new calendar wizard, no need to enter the XML url.
- Offline support by default, with no need to disable it.
- Support for the activity manager, sync progress is now shown in status bar
- Better (albeit not perfect) support for accepting invitations
- Allow setting default reminders
- Compatibility to Postbox 3
As such drastic changes are a common source for regressions, I went through 10 rounds of pre-release testing and got some very helpful input from those who commented on the bug or sent me an email. There would have been substantially more issues without these folks, so thank you very much! In the last round the amount of issues was down to a level where I felt comfortable releasing the Provider to the world.
When I release version 1.0, something inevitable happened: nearly 300,000 users find more issues than 140, so I had to do a few additional releases to fix more major issues. The new API version imposes limits on the number of requests being made, so one of the first issues I had to overcome was gaining more quota. Thanks to the fantastic folks at Google I was able to solve this issue using a combination of code changes to reduce the number of requests and also higher quota limits. Here is a roundup of the other issues:
- Version 1.0.1
- Calendars were incorrectly migrated from 0.32 to 1.0
- Users who disabled cookies could not use the login dialog
- Attendees added from Hangouts were incorrectly shown
- Version 1.0.2
- Added descriptive text to the new calendar wizard to make it easier to understand for users who were used to entering the XML url.
- Refresh intervals smaller than 30 minutes were prohibited due to quota issues
- Calendar is no longer refreshed when user is idle
- Bumped number of results per request from 50 to 1000
- Various issues w.r.t. showing correct messages on quota or login errors
- Version 1.0.3
- Postbox 3 support, which essentially means backwards compatibility to various older Mozilla Platform versions
- Recurring events no longer disappear when modified
- Recurring alarms are correctly snoozed.
- Fixed error “this.mDeferred is null” when login fails
- Removed lots of debugging messages
- Back button in new calendar wizard no longer causes double-subscriptions
- Synchronizing no longer blocks UI thread
- Calendars no longer get disabled when in offline mode
- Use application locale when showing OAuth window
- Fixed an invalid timezone definition for the start time
- Provider no longer ignores default reminder settings
- Version 1.0.4
- Notifications are now correctly sent when modifying events
- Fixed creating events without an organizer but with attendees
- Fixed an error in the attendees dialog with “entry.interval is undefined”
- Correctly create events in UTC timezone
- Wait for parsing to complete before completing synchronization
- Fix some internal issues and a compatibility issue with Thunderbird 24
- Improve invitations handling
- Google login popup now has a description as to why its required
- Fixed setting default alarm props on calendars without default alarm
- Task lists now work for calendar entries without a calendar (regression)
- Outdated client message shown when using obsolete token
In retrospect, there have been a lot of complaints, but on the other hand a lot of people have noticed how important this addon has become for them. Many have shown their gratitude by sending a donation via the addons page. I hope that version 1.0.4 fixes most of the issues, there are just a few more issues reported. If you continue to experience difficulties, please send me an email or visit the support forum.