This definitive guide will provide you with everything you need to know in order to work with Virtual Calendars.
For any business, using a calendar to create and manage events is an essential asset to maintaining current customers and attracting new prospects. But sometimes, using a regular calendar is not enough or it’s not feasible. When there’s the need to create an event for gym equipment, Zumba class, to reserve an office space or when we need to create an event for someone not working in our company, then a virtual calendar is the way to go, and this guide is all you need.
Special thanks to Allison Bradley, our Solutions Engineer II for guiding me into Virtual Calendars.
Virtual Calendars are calendars that are tied to your Nylas account, so they are independent of any calendar provider. A virtual calendar will handle one event at a time.
How do Virtual Calendars work?
To create a virtual calendar, you need to assign a non-working email address, which will become its unique identifier. Nylas will use that identifier to manage the calendar account.
In order to create a Virtual Calendar we need to first create a Virtual Account. An application can have multiple virtual accounts, but only one virtual calendar can be associated with a virtual account.
Creating a Virtual Calendar
First, we need to create a virtual account, which uses native authentication. So just copy and paste the following cURL call into a terminal window:
As we can see we get all the relevant information back and the owner has displayed a Virtual Calendar <nylas_gym_calendar>.
One important thing to keep in mind is that Virtual Calendars don’t send email notifications, so while I have been invited to this event, I have not received any email confirmation. But don’t let that scare you away, there’s a way to overcome this.
Generate an ICS file
An ICS (Internet Calendar Scheduling) file can be generated by using an event id:
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Blag aka Alvaro Tejada Galindo
Blag aka Alvaro Tejada Galindo is a Senior Developer Advocate at Nylas. He loves learning about programming and sharing knowledge with the community. When he’s not coding, he’s spending time with his wife, daughter and son. He loves Punk Music and reading all sorts of books.