GNUCash Development Plan?

John Ralls jralls at
Mon Feb 13 17:07:00 EST 2012

On Feb 13, 2012, at 1:18 PM, Jeff Kletsky wrote:

> Once again, it is the beginning of the year and I'm fighting with GNUCash budgeting to the point where I need to find a solution that is functional for me. I'd like to be able to return the work to the community, but I don't have a good idea of what is planned for major functionality changes in GNUCash in coming releases. For example, I found an email from John Ralls on 2011/09/26 that suggested that there was some thought of moving off the C-driven queries and allowing things to be handled by the back end.
> Is there a wiki page somewhere that suggests what major changes are planned for upcoming releases?
> Also, at one point, there was a development directive that any changes had to be backward compatible in that previous versions of GNUCash *must* be able to read newer versions of the data store without failing. This seems to have resulted in the use of KVP as a generic extension method, rather than changing the schema and providing upgrade triggers. Is that still the case?

Subject to limited developer availability and interest. ;-)

Any changes in the way query works are dependent upon (in order):
* Unit test coverage
* GObject normalization (making everything into a proper GObject class)
* Making reads and writes fully atomic and wrapped in database transactions
* Load XML files into an in-memory SQLite db.

Once those steps are complete we can change queries to SQL and go multi-user.

John Ralls

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