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Exporting a calendar event in Java ME

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Devices(s): Nokia E70
Keywords: javax.microedition.pim.EventList, javax.microedition.pim.Event, javax.microedition.pim.PIM.supportedSerialFormats, javax.microedition.pim.PIM.toSerialFormat
Created: (29 Oct 2008)
Last edited: seppo_fn (03 Dec 2008)


This code snippet demonstrates how to export calendar events to file in specified format.

To export calendar event to file following steps should be performed:

  1. Get list of available formats for exporting event records by calling PIM.supportedSerialFormats. In this snippet first avaliable format from list will be used.
  2. Open file and create output stream to it.
  3. Give output file stream, event that should be exported, encoding and format name as parameters to PIM.toSerialFormat method. This method exports event to file using specified format and encoding.
  4. Close file.

Source file: ExportCalendarEvent.java

import javax.microedition.midlet.MIDlet;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Displayable;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Display;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.CommandListener;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.List;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Command;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Alert;
import javax.microedition.pim.PIM;
import javax.microedition.pim.PIMItem;
import javax.microedition.pim.EventList;
import javax.microedition.pim.Event;
import javax.microedition.pim.PIMException;
import javax.microedition.io.Connector;
import javax.microedition.io.file.FileConnection;
import java.util.Enumeration;
import java.util.Vector;
import java.io.OutputStream;
public class ExportCalendarEvent extends MIDlet implements CommandListener {
private Display display;
// List where events will be placed.
private List eventListCtrl;
// Command for exporting selected event. Placed on eventListCtrl.
private Command cmdExportEvent;
// Command for exiting from application. Placed on eventListCtrl.
private Command cmdExit;
// Contains events retrieved from PIM event list.
private Vector eventsArray;
private final String EXPORT_FILENAME = "exportEvent.txt";
* Constructor

public ExportCalendarEvent() {
if(checkPIMSupport() == false) {
* Initializes components of midlet.

private void initializeComponents() {
// Get display
display = Display.getDisplay(this);
// Create list control
eventListCtrl = new List("Events", List.IMPLICIT);
cmdExportEvent = new Command("Export event", Command.SCREEN, 0);
cmdExit = new Command("Exit", Command.EXIT, 0);
// Add events to list control.
* Checks PIM support.
* @return - true if PIM is supported, false otherwise.

private boolean checkPIMSupport() {
String propValue = System.getProperty("microedition.pim.version");
if(propValue != null) {
return true;
} else {
return false;
* Adds events to list.

private void addEventsToListCtrl() {
try {
// Create hashtable.
eventsArray = new Vector();
// Get list of events.
EventList eventList = (EventList)PIM.getInstance().openPIMList(
// Check if "summary" and "uid" fields of event item are supported.
// If not supported, exit from application.
if(eventList.isSupportedField(Event.SUMMARY) == false ||
eventList.isSupportedField(Event.UID) == false) {
throw new Exception();
Enumeration events = eventList.items();
while(events.hasMoreElements() == true) {
Event event = (Event)events.nextElement();
// Add event to vector of events
// Add event's summary to list control
String eventSummary = event.getString(Event.SUMMARY,
eventListCtrl.append(eventSummary, null);
// Close list of events.
} catch(PIMException pimExc) {
// TODO: Handle error on working with PIM.
} catch(SecurityException secExc) {
// TODO: Handle error on access to PIM.
} catch(Exception exc) {
// If unknown error was catched, exit from application.
* Exports selected event to file in private folder.

private void exportEvent() {
try {
// Get supported formats.
PIM pimInst = PIM.getInstance();
String[] formats = pimInst.supportedSerialFormats(PIM.EVENT_LIST);
if(formats.length == 0) {
throw new Exception("No formats for event exporting were found.");
// Get event
int eventIndex = eventListCtrl.getSelectedIndex();
Event event = (Event)eventsArray.elementAt(eventIndex);
if(event == null) {
throw new Exception("No events for exporting were found.");
// Open file for exporting event.
String path = System.getProperty("fileconn.dir.memorycard");
String fileName = path + EXPORT_FILENAME;
FileConnection file = (FileConnection)Connector.open(fileName,
// If there is no file then create it
if(file.exists() == false) {
// Export event.
OutputStream outStream = file.openOutputStream();
pimInst.toSerialFormat(event, outStream, "UTF-8", formats[0]);
// Close file.
showAlert("Info", "Event has been exported to " + fileName);
} catch(Exception exc) {
showAlert("Error", exc.getMessage());
* Shows alert with specified title and text.
* @param title - Title of alert.
* @param message - text of alert.

private void showAlert(String title, String message) {
Alert alert = new Alert(title);
* From MIDlet.
* Signals the MIDlet that it has entered the Active state.

public void startApp() {
* From MIDlet.
* Signals the MIDlet to enter the Paused state.

public void pauseApp() {
// No implementation required.
* From MIDlet.
* Signals the MIDlet to terminate and enter the Destroyed state.

public void destroyApp(boolean unconditional) {
// No implementation required.
* Performs exit from midlet.

private void exitMIDlet() {
* From CommandListener.
* Indicates that a command event has occurred on Displayable displayable.
* @param command - a Command object identifying the command.
* @param displayable - the Displayable on which this event has occurred.

public void commandAction(Command command, Displayable displayable) {
// Handles "show details" command on selected event.
if(command == cmdExportEvent) {
// Handles "exit" command.
if(command == cmdExit) {


This code snippet represents midlet with list control, which contains summaries of events from PIM list of calendar events.

By choosing event in list and pressing "Export event" menu command user can export selected event to file.

File with exported event will be created in root directory of memory card and have name as EXPORT_FILENAME constant. Event format will be chosen from list of provided formats, exported file will have utf-8 character encoding.

Supplementary material

Executables and source files can be found in Media:ExportingCalendarEvent.zip

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