I would like to offer the opportunity for users of the site to book a visit to the doctor, do not let book if the day is full of appointments and show the day in red on the calendar.

Is this possible?

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    Welcome to Drupal Answers :) Please make sure you add in what you've already tried, what worked, what didn't, basically everything that you've tried yourself to solve the problem. This site isn't for tutorial requests or for help building sites/modules from scratch, and showing your own research effort is mandatory for any question asked – Clive Feb 19 '13 at 14:24
  • Yes it is possible, but Clive is right. Start building a website and if you get stack at any point then we can help you out. – Pawel G Feb 19 '13 at 16:58
  • Thanks @Clive and Pawel I'm sorry. I'm new but I'll learn soon. I think (hope) that my questoin may be of help to many. Often in order to build a good website drupal you need a good search for the right modules. I tried a lot but have not found anything that meets my needs, I am able to add new events to my calendar, I can show them with a good view, but I can not stop the creation of a new appointment if everything is already busy. I can not inhibit a new appointment for the days already full. I hope my comment not worse than before! sorry for my English! Thank you! – Germanix Feb 19 '13 at 18:04
  • @Germanix Your English is fine don't worry about that :) I'd agree the subject would be useful to a lot of people, the only problem at the moment is that the question is very broad, and broad questions aren't a good fit for the Stack Exchange Q+A format. It's quite clear that you've tried things yourself from your comment, but it would be great if you could edit as much detail as possible into the question about exactly what you've tried, and what didn't work etc. That will give your question a valuable context that will help us answer you quicker and more effectively... – Clive Feb 19 '13 at 18:14
  • Not all of it will be applicable to this situation, but Writing the perfect question is a fantastic article by the no. 1 user on Stack Overflow about how to write a question that will appease the Stack Exchange rules, and get you a good solution to your problem nice and quickly. I'd thoroughly recommend giving it a read. This has all the potential to be a great and useful question, which is why it hasn't been closed :) – Clive Feb 19 '13 at 18:16

I'm not aware of any way to use the Calendar module for this. However, there are some distributions and/or contributed modules for managing such bookings. More details below.

Option 1: Distributions

The Clinic Appointment distribution is a brand new distribution for D7. Some more details about it (from its project page):

It is a doctor appointment management system. It manages patient profile, doctors profile, and appointments. It supports multiple offices. It creates all kinds of reports that help clinic's day to day operation and business growth. It is a great choice for doctors to have an excellent management system built on a free open source software.

Appointment Management System is the quickest way to get up and to run with patient appointment management. It includes the latest version of Drupal core, FullCalendar, and the other modules it is depending on. It lets you create a fully functioning appointment book, managing system out of the box. It comes with comprehensive reports powered by views module.

Who should use Clinic Appointment? Anyone who want to build an appointment booking system. Anyone who wish to use it to schedule an appointment with doctor and patient. Customize patient, doctor content type by adding and deleting fields to the need for your business.

According to Comment nr 2 in issue # 2646628 it "Can be used for appointments made by patients" also.

Option 2: Contributed modules

These modules have a stable release, and can be used for either D6 or D7 (quotes are from their project pages):

  • Availability Calendars (D6 or D7).

    ... allows you to add an availability calendar to entities. Example use cases are tourist accommodation, e.g. bed and breakfast, holiday homes or self catered apartments, and car or motor bike rental.

    An availability calendar shows your customers at what dates your accommodation is still available and at what dates it is already booked.

  • Simple Reservation (D6 or D7).

    ... provides a simple and easy way to reserve items which can be created by the administrator. Examples for it's usage can be hotel rooms, boats, cars, airplanes, basically anything you can think of which can be reserved by one individual.

    The module provides the possibility to create reservations for other users (dependent on the permissions), and provides also restrictions in the maximum number of reservations a user can make and a maximum time a reservation can be made in advance.

    There is NO support for payment, booking and what ever one could imagine beyond the pure and simple reservation, and it is also NOT intended to create more than this simple functionality.

  • MERCI (D6 or D7).

    ... can extend any content type into a list of unique reservable items (like studios) or buckets of interchangeable items (like DV cameras). We followed the approach used by Organic Groups, Feed API, and Scheduler and added MERCI's configuration to the Edit tab of those content types.

  • Resource Conflict (D6 or D7).

    ... allows for users to book resources for use during events. For example, a student can book a microscope for use within their lab.

Booking Systems Comparison

Refer to Comparison of Booking System modules for a comparison of various modules related to bookings / reservations.

This comparison contains some other modules (not mentioned in my answer here) that might be worth considering also, e.g. in case of requirements that are slightly different (as compared to those in the question here).

Deciding which module to go for

When deciding between multiple modules, a typical consideration is often about the "maintenance status" of the various modules. To illustrate some of the criteria I often use for that, please checkout the community documentation about Maintenance Scorecards. Here is the intro about it (from that page):

... contains a list of 23 criteria (=28-5) that might help to evaluate the maintenance and support of contributed modules. Below is an attempt to apply those criteria to each of the native charting modules ...

Obvious, these scorecards are related to "charting modules", but the same criteria are applicable, IMHO, wheneven you need to decide between multiple modules.

Disclosure: I'm the author of that community documentation page (partially inspired by the 28 criteria in the issue linked near the beginning of the scorecards paragraph).

  • for you wich is the better? – Adrian Cid Almaguer Apr 9 '16 at 17:45
  • Hey Adrian, to be honest: "it depends". If I am to decide about multiple options, apart from the specific functions being asked, I always use the typical criteria about "maintenance scorecards" (as in my "Comparison of charting modules" on D.O, are you familiar with that?) – Pierre.Vriens Apr 9 '16 at 17:51
  • can you provide me the link, I think that I has read it but I don't remember where. – Adrian Cid Almaguer Apr 9 '16 at 18:10
  • hey @AdrianCidAlmaguer, I just enhanced my answer (near the end) about it, including that link. Enjoy digesting it! – Pierre.Vriens Apr 9 '16 at 18:21
  • Merci! You think I should "massage" it in a new drupal.SE question (with my own answer to it added also, with "some" details about the various bullets? Can you think of "a" reason why it would be closed (too broad, unclear what you're asking, duplicate, does not fit the rules, whatever)? – Pierre.Vriens Apr 9 '16 at 18:46

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