Invoice import - is this possible yet?

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Thu Aug 3 13:36:46 EDT 2006

Graham Leggett <minfrin at> writes:

> Derek Atkins wrote:
>> With the reports, yeah, it would be relatively straightforward to have
>> gnucash generate the report for you without requiring a UI.  The
>> problem is that the /export/ is done through GtkHTML, which requires a
>> GUI.
>> It's easy to come in after eight years of development and with the
>> third (or fourth!) generation of developers and point out how the
>> design is broken..  Unfortunately that's not helpful.  :(
> But it is vital. Refactoring is a constant process, the design flaws are 
> highlighted, they are fixed, and the project moves on. Remember that as 
> soon as a project's biggest problem is solved, its second biggest 
> problem becomes the new bigger problem, and the cycle repeats. Gnucash's 
> biggest flaw - lack of support for Gnome2 - has just been solved. It's 
> now time to identify and solve the next set of challenges.

Oh, of course, but there are small projects and big projects..

> For me, Gnucash's now biggest flaw is "it doesn't work well with 
> others". I need it to synchronise the customer and vendor databases with 
> external sources, like LDAP. I need a way to automate repetitive 
> processes, like invoice creation. The import and export of data needs to 
> be further improved. Luckily this process has already started, with the 
> integration of Gnucash and aqbanking. The process simply needs to be 
> continued and improved.


> Others may have other priorities to work on, which is ok too. Building 
> software is work that is never done. :)

I eagerly await your patches.

> Regards,
> Graham


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