Skype, Hangout, Slack, Microsoft Teams, zoom, and many more chat and video calling applications we have but as a developer, we use a single application for a project, mostly one that our client is comfortable with.
I have to use Skype and there are no official APIs for automating Skype unlike other applications so I found an unofficial opensource python library SkPY for interacting with the Skype HTTP API.
The aim of this library is to provide feature-complete support for Skype for Web. So far, it supports:
- contacts: retrieving the contact list and groups, sending and responding to invites, searching the directory
- conversations: sending text messages, marking read, rich text formatting, file/image transfers, shared contacts
- group chats: creating new conversations, adding/removing members, delegating admins, setting topic/history, join URLs
- events: receiving conversation messages, status and endpoint changes
- and more: translation API, user settings, credit/subscription info
Here is the sample python code snippet to automatically respond to a message
from skpy import SkypeEventLoop, SkypeNewMessageEvent class SkypePing(SkypeEventLoop): def __init__(self): super(SkypePing, self).__init__(username, password) print("initialized! watching for events") def onEvent(self, event): if isinstance(event, SkypeNewMessageEvent) \ and not event.msg.userId == self.userId : # sending automated reply event.msg.chat.sendMsg("Hi there! Maulik is currently not available. If urgent you can call him at 91********") sk = SkypePing() sk.loop()
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We can achieve many things by automation like we can create a script to send a reminder to a group/person and schedule it through cron job or we can keep watch on how many calls we have attended and how much time we spent on skype meetings etc.
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