On 04/02/2018 13:44, Christopher Lam wrote:
I wished to experiment in what budgeting should look like by using the
existing engine, UI, and reporting infrastructure.
If you want to know how one form of budgeting, that which includes
envelope budgeting budgeting is likely to be implemented from a working
point of view I have already said look at ledger-cli, beancount and
friends. gnc is *not* going to reinvent the excellent work that has
been done there for the simple reason that it would be a waste of resources.
The UI is, of course, the problem hampering gnc vs keeping up with the
It's actually not that difficult to create a 'budget balance
calculator'; whether it meets the needs for everyone is another matter.
But for people who wish to experiment with envelope budgeting, I can
confirm that it is possible.
I know that! There are lots of free spreadsheet versions. The bit that
baffles me is why some people pay someone else to say budget this way
rather than that.
* budget transactions must be "outside the books" so to speak, i.e.
they are not counted in any net worth, profit/loss, transaction
report, etc. they must be, by default, invisible to the reporting
yup, you read from the db for that
* in order to be acceptable by the engine, they should they should
satisfy the double-entry equation.
nope, informal budgets can include single entry, they can include
"inheritance from Aunt Mabel if she dies before Christmas"
* it should be generally useful
there lies the rub, generally useful to which group of users ?
* it should be better than the current budget
or less bad :)
So this is actually a success.
Did you vote for Trump? Success seems an obscure term these days.
I don't use transaction voiding, and have
hacked "voided transactions" to become "budget transactions" and
upgraded the status bar display. The results are available on the
topmost commit in
a demo of "what can be achieved using the engine". But I stress this was
You have made a basic error in that the budget impinges on actual.
Think of it from a business POV, "We'll buy 100 widgets next month if
the price is right", your budget, if I am reading it right, doesn't see
that as a plan but an action. No way will that ever hit real code.
Also voided tx although little used, actually do something if only to
stop other things happening at times. I think they might already be
re-purposed in a way.
Christopher, have you got an sql backend working ? Ideally with
Sebastian's python bits as well ?
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