[GNC-dev] How to contribute to GnuCash?

Geert Janssens geert.gnucash at kobaltwit.be
Fri Apr 26 12:33:53 EDT 2019


An iOS companion app would be great.

The android app took the approach of reimplementing all the business logic 
required to read (and write?) a gnucash data file rather than using the 
gnucash engine code.

I can understand why as the engine code is currently difficult to port to 
different platforms. It is one of our goals to make this easier, but there's 
still a lot of work ahead to get to that state.

If you feel like joining that effort it would be very welcome as a portable 
engine would greatly benefit gnucash and all derived apps on all platforms 
(including the android app and a future ios app).

Don't feel obliged of course. I did want to bring it up anyway so you know 
this goal exists and may be useful for your app in the future.



Op donderdag 25 april 2019 17:41:00 CEST schreef John Ralls:
> > On Apr 24, 2019, at 10:13 PM, John <john at vicinno.com> wrote:
> > 
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I am the founder of a mobile app startup and a big fan of GnuCash.  My
> > team
> > has some free time now. I wonder if we can contribute to develop an iOS
> > companion app like current Android one. Can you let me know if you think
> > that's a good idea? and if yes, how to start?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > John
> It's a good idea if you're going to commit to maintaining and supporting it
> for a reasonable value of forever.  The GnuCash team hasn't the time nor
> expertise to accept such an app as a contribution.
> To get started I'd think it best to contact Ngewi via the
> GnuCash-for-Android support channels and discuss whether his design is
> portable to iOS and what lessons he's learned and improvements he might
> make.
> Once you're ready to start work I expect you'll want to recruit users for
> usability testing of your UI mockups and later for beta-testing. I'm sure
> some of our users will be interested in helping, though if you're
> contemplating a commercial product you'll need to figure out the right way
> to engage with a FLOSS community.
> Regards,
> John Ralls
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