Preferences for accounting software

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Tue Mar 22 10:26:39 EST 2005

Much of this choice depends on what you're trying to accomplish.  C.f.
SQL-Ledger, a fully web-based accounting package.  GnuCash's goals are
different than those of SQL-Ledger, so the tools used to realize those
goals are different.

GnuCash is trying to be a quicken/quickbooks replacement, whereas
SQL-Ledger is, um, not. ;)  Being a "quicken replacement" gnucash
would be way too much to install on a personal computer if it required
apache and all that entailed!  Being standalone fits that model better.

The choices for your app are obviously going to depend on what you're

Good Luck,


Kaarel <kaarel at> writes:

> Sorry if it is a bit off topic but we are in the middle of deciding
> whether to use GTK for our next product or implement it entirely in HTML.
> The product is an accounting software. It should run on multiple
> platforms, it should be easy to use SQL server in the local machine and
> in the remote server, it should be easy to use the product *securely*
> remotely over internet, it should be easy to view and print all sorts of
> graphs and reports and so on.
> So, can someone give some pros and cons of using a standalone toolkit
> like GTK to develop an accounting software instead of using (X)(D)HTML?
> Kaarel

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