Jabber: Instant messaging, instant time tracking
Jabber/XMPP already convinced masses of users by being the best open and secure alternative to proprietary instant messaging services such as ICQ, etc. You can send text-based messages via the Jabber protocol using popular clients like Google Talk, Apple Messages, Adium, Miranda or others.
You probably won’t enjoy deep conversations with the Jabber bot of mite but it’ll be at your service and pleased to take care of your time entries:
First, you will have to connect your mite account with your Jabber account.
- Log in to your mite account and click on your user name in the upper right-hand corner first. Then, fill in your Jabber ID and save all changes.
- Our Jabber bot will then show up in your chat client and ask you to authorize it. Please accept that request.
- That’s it!
How to track time via Jabber
Simply send a message with your time entry to our Jabber bot. To help it interpret the time entries correctly, you will have to keep an eye on the following syntax:
[hours] #p [project] #s [service] #d [date] [note]
Enter your hours in whichever way suits you best: 1 hour 30 minutes can be typed in as “1:30”, “1.5” or “1,5”. Furthermore, you don’t have to type all the long names of projects and services: just message the first three or four characters – if your names aren’t too generic, the Jabber bot will get it.
2:30 #p "Saving the lady beetles" #s "Research & Analysis" Kick off
Adds a new time entry with 2:30 hours to the project “Saving the lady beetles” with the service “Research & Analysis” and the note “Kick off”.
start #p beetles #s Research
Adds a new time entry with a running timer to the project “Saving the lady beetles” with the service “Research & Analysis”.
Stops the running timer. You don’t have to add any further arguments – there can only be one single timer running.
Tells you if there is a running timer. If so, this command returns the hours that have been tracked so far, as well as all the other data on this time entry.
1.75 Reminder #p Maintainer #s "Administration & Finances"
Adds a new time entry with 1.75 hours to the project “Maintainer” with the service “Administration & Finances” and the note “Reminder”. Pay attention to the enclosing double quotes please: as soon as your project, service or date contains one or more spaces, you will have to use them. Otherwise, only the first word will be interpreted; the rest will be treated as a note.
8:00 #p Saving #s Research #d Yesterday
Adds a new time entry with yesterday’s date and 8:00 hours to the project “Saving the lady beetles” with the service “Research & Analysis”. Weekdays (e.g. “Tuesday”) will be interpreted as well.
8:00 #p Saving #s Research #d 31.12.2011 Kick off
Adds a new time entry on New Year’s Eve 2011 with 8:00 hours to the project “Saving the lady beetles” with the service “Research & Analysis” and the note “Kick off”.