[GNC-dev] Deprecation of XML file
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Mon Sep 14 03:26:20 EDT 2020
On 2020-09-13 23:11, Stefan Bluhm wrote:
> Is there a reason to keep supporting the XML file in future?…
I will give you three of my reasons for being glad I can store my
GnuCash data in XML form:
1. All the data is in one data file in a known location. If I want to
back my bookkeeping up specially, or move it to another computer, I know
exactly which file has all the data.
2. I have in the past fixed problems by operating on the XML format
data. A risky move, but one which does open possibilities which the
GnuCash app itself cannot offer.
3. Data longevity. My bookkeeping is data which I would like to keep
meaningful and intact for decades. Even if the GnuCash app stops
working, I have some confidence that XML tools will survive longer, and
in any case the XML format of the data is open to tools of the future.
By contrast, data in databases generally stops being usable when the
database software stops running.
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