Custom Room Availability
When UniTime event management is not used, but information about room availability is needed for course and/or examination timetabling, a custom room availability interface can be used. It is based on a simple XML format (see request XML, response XML, DTD).
When room availability is requested within UniTime (e.g., while input data are being loaded into the course or examination solver), a request XML file is generated. It contains information about the current academic session (year, term, and campus) and about a time frame of the requested availability (starting and end date, starting and end time). When the request XML file appears, an appropriate response XML should be generated by the external system. It contains information about all the relevant rooms and their events in the given time frame. The room availability can be cached for a certain time as well as asynchronously periodically refreshed so that UniTime does not need to wait for the external system every time a person opens a page that needs room availability (e.g., Class Assignment or Examination Assignment page).
Following application properties need to be set to enable this interface.
The other parameters are the same as for the RoomAvailabilityService.
Custom room availability is implemented by RoomAvailabilityService using RoomAvailability interface. Also, see the DefaultRoomAvailability that is used to get the room availability from the UniTime's event management (enabled by default).
There are many other customizations available, see application.properties for suggestions. Most of the settings can be seen and changed using Administration > Defaults > Configuration page. For instance, see Examination Naming Conventions or Customizations.