Gnucash Data Access API (was: XML size)

Derek Atkins warlord@MIT.EDU
04 Apr 2002 11:58:23 -0500

Currently the API is not documented, nor is it (IMHO) completely
stable.  But I believe that it could move towards this route.


Alex Barclay <> writes:

> Dwight Frye wrote:
> >Derek Atkins writes :
> >
> >>[ ... snip ... ]               Moreover, the data files SHOULD NOT
> >>be accessed directly by users or other applications...  They should
> >>use the Gnucash API.
> >>
> >
> >To date I have had trouble finding any good information about the
> >Gnucash API which I might use for accessing the data. I want/need
> >to access the data in a read-only manner (therefore I won't futz
> >up the data itself) but am reduced to simply snarfing up the XML
> > to get the job done. That works fine, but is NOT what I would
> > consider to be ideal.
> >
> >I sincerely don't care what the API might be. I just want to find
> >a usable API which is documented. The comments made by Derek above
> >give me hope that it _does_ exist, and that someone will point me in
> >the right direction. :)
> >
> >How about it?? I need access to the accounts, the category definitions,
> >and the transactions themselves. Can I do this ... easily? If so, do
> >please point me at the documentation which tells me how.
> >
> This sounds a bit like it would benefit from a Micro$oft OLE type
> interface - Isn't this provided under Gnome using CORBA. If I could
> access the accounts via CORBA then that would be very very cool!
> Alex.
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