warlord at MIT.EDU
Wed Dec 29 09:11:56 EST 2010
Herbert Thoma <herbert.thoma at iis.fraunhofer.de> writes:
> Hmm, I just would like to point out that GnuCash was kind of a script once:
> It was a guile script that called the C/gtk/gnome code (OK, the GUI code
> was not directly scripted). It took us a long time to rework this back to
> a C application that called guile for the reports ...
> I am not that sure that an interpreted language is a good idea. But I am
> an electrical engineer not a computer scientist. So I tend to prefer
> languages that are closer to the hardware ...
Just to play devil's advocate, the guile/scheme modularization project
back in the 1.4-1.6 days never finished. It was *supposed* to allow you
to easily write guile scripts against various pieces of gnucash just by
pulling in the necessary gnc modules. Unfortunately that never
completed, so it still wound up being a single monolithic application...
And a slow one at that! Moreover it was nearly impossible to debug. So
reverting back to a regular C application was definitely the right move
As for rewriting GnuCash now; I think it can be done piecemeal, but that
means you need to write wrappers in order to have drop-in replacements.
There's a TON of code; GnuCash is a HUGE application.
I'm not advocating staying where we are, nor am I advocating moving to
something new. I'm just trying to advocate that we make a choice with a
clear understanding of the ramifications of our choice.
W.r.t. Gnome3 v. Gnome2 -- I think historically we've tried to keep
GnuCash compatible with the lowest-common-denominator stable release
from 6-12 months prior to release. I think it's absolutely reasonable
to say that your OS must be no older than ~1 year old in order to build
GnuCash. I DO NOT think it's reasonable to require a user to be running
yesterday's release of Debian/Unstable in order to build GnuCash. (And
yes, this *was* the case for the original GnuCash 1.6 release -- pretty
much NOBODY could build it because the dependencies were all bleeding
edge). Considering gnome3 hasn't been released yet, I think it should
be considered out-of-scope for GnuCash 2.6.
I'd honestly like to see us make more frequent releases. I'd love to
see a release a year. But historically we haven't had the development
resources to do that. Either that or we picked projects that just too
too long. Even the gnome1 -> gnome2 port took 18 calendar months (maybe
more -- I'd have to look).
Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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