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From: Eric Schulte <eric.schulte@gmx.com>
To: Brian Dunbar <brian.dunbar@gmail.com>
Cc: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: orgmode as a service
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:17:11 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87zkb2cbuw.fsf@gmx.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <loom.20120327T151644-71@post.gmane.org> (Brian Dunbar's message of "Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:39:54 +0000 (UTC)")

Brian Dunbar <brian.dunbar@gmail.com> writes:

> I'm orgmode newbie.  Before I reinvent a wheel, going to ask if this has already
> been done: 'orgmode as a service'.
> Or perhaps it doesn't need to be done and I'm tilting at yet another windmill.
> Comments welcome.
> Assume a workgroup of people - they use emacs / orgmode.  Mostly Linux and OS X,
> but there might be a weirdo or two still using Solaris.
> They get TODOs from people who do -not- use emacs: managers, project managers,
> Windows users, end users ... like that.
> The input arrives (mostly) via email.  'Attend Meeting Foo at 08:00 p.m.' 'Fix
> Bug umptyfratz this week'.
> orgmode user manually inputs this data into emacs.
> I had a few free minutes and thought 'there must be a better way': 20 minutes a
> day to organize tasks * Y people on a team = a lot of wasted hours.
> Is there a programatic method already coded up to take bits delivered to a
> server, bang out the appropriate .org file and deliver it to the orgmode user?
> Assume
> data > orgmodeservice@myhost.company.com
> orgmodeservice would be a daemon (perl, lisp, whatever) that mangles the data.
> # data
> user: Adele@company.com
> what: Task - record new hit single
> when: June 01, 2012
> becomes
> adele.org > adele's desktop
> #adele.org
> * TODO Record new hit single <2012-06-01 Fri>
> Am I Don Quixote slaying phantom dragons? 
> Brian Dunbar
> brian.dunbar@gmail.com

If you'd rather set this up as a web service (instead e.g., an email
front-end as mentioned in another reply) one intermediate step would be
to write a tool for conversion between json (or some other web-friendly
data type) and the Org-mode list representation defined in
org-element.el in the contrib directory.

Such a task should be fairly straightforward (in fact there may already
be elisp<->json conversion tools written), and once done would allow for
easy generation of Org-mode files from structured data.

To me this does seem like it could be useful.


Eric Schulte

  parent reply	other threads:[~2012-03-27 17:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2012-03-27 13:39 orgmode as a service Brian Dunbar
2012-03-27 14:00 ` suvayu ali
2012-03-27 15:17 ` Eric Schulte [this message]
2012-03-27 17:21   ` suvayu ali
2012-03-28 14:09     ` Brian Dunbar

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