Without knowing much about the Emacs related stuff you are talking
about it strikes me that Alex GUI<->DB framework would be a very good
fit in itself as an ERP should not:

1.) Make any demands on what the URLs should look like, it's all
internal anyway (no picky Google is supposed to parse it).

2.) Care about session handling through the port mechanism (I'd like
to see the size of the company that runs out of available ports).

On Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM, Thorsten <quintf...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Alex, Hi list,
>> On January 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM Jon Kleiser <jon.klei...@usit.uio.no> wrote:
>> I am trying to brainstorm ways for people (Burger) to make a living
> I'm actually trying the same thing (find a way to make a living) as a
> late starter in programming with a fresh degree but little practical
> experience, and I thought I had quite a good idea that builds on PL.
> Due to my limited skills, I often end up struggling with more or less
> unrelated technical problems, e.g. my still not completed shift from
> Ubuntu to ArchLinux and from Emacs 23 to Emacs 24 kept me away from PL
> for weeks now due to all kinds of unexpected problems.
> I still think there could be something like a killer app for picolisp
> that gives it real popularity, and that is Open Source ERP: build
> something similar (or better) than the popular Python apps
> http://www.openerp.com/ or http://www.tryton.org/en/, for example, and
> copy the apparently very successfull business-model.
> In this realm, I don't think the medium to small businesses really care
> about the language the app is written in, its more about how powerfull
> and userfriendly the app is.
> My idea was (and is) to combine emacs and picolisp into a really
> powerfull but simple to use ERP system. With orgmode, gnus, ledger,
> taskjuggler etc emacs already offers most of the funcionality of an ERP
> system (the infamous libraries ;), and is used by many freelancers and
> programmers as such. Whats missing is a real database (besides bbdb) and
> the possibility of interactive web-development, both the core strenght of PL.
> By using the easy communication between PL (or emacs) with R
> (statistics) and GRASS GIS the ERP system could be adapted to advanced
> tasks (maybe its USP?).
> I would say, most of the needed functionality is already there, its all
> communication between lisps (elisp and picolisp) facilitated by the
> existance of the orgmode library ob-picolisp. What is needed is a UI
> taking advantage of emacs as a client and picolisp as a webinterface.
> This could be started as a community project, enabling the contributers
> to offer the system as local installation or as a cloud app.
> I was a bit shocked to hear that somebody so skilled like Alex has
> difficulties to make a living based on PL - then what about me, a
> struggling beginner?
> On the other hand, I would be glad to share my business-idea and make it
> a team-project, since I think the open source ERP market is relatively
> new, offers great promise, and the most popular competitor OpenERP was
> extremely buggy until recently and still had quite a lot of success. I would
> guess that the big and dynamic orgmode community would take some
> interest into such a project too.
> Just my 2 cents ;)
> Cheers
> Thorsten
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