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From Bruno Ronchetti <>
Subject Re: using CouchDB for a finance manager?
Date Mon, 13 Apr 2009 18:13:09 GMT

I have no background in accounting, but it seems to me that the fact  
that the "journal entries" can be stored along with the original  
document makes it incredibly easy to audit and track the books.

This in turn is enabled by the schema-less nature of CouchDB and by  
the fact that it makes it so easy to record data and images (the  
original document as an _attachment for instance) together.

Happy to see that someone else is thinking along the same line.


On 13/apr/09, at 18:29, Nicholas Orr wrote:

> I've looked into doing my own accounting app as well. Sitting with an
> accountant the main thing she had an issue with, in regard to all the
> products currently available, is tracking what the amount is for on  
> each
> side of the transaction.
> Example, say I as an individual transfer $10K into a company I'm a  
> director
> of. On the individual side (withdraw) of the transaction info needs  
> to be
> recorded as one thing, then on the other side (deposit) different
> information needs to be recorded. This whole transaction needs to  
> exist in
> both places so come tax time the account doing the work for tax can  
> follow
> everything simply.
> The concept of schema-less documents now starts to shine as ideal. I  
> have a
> few other projects on the go right now and will not be getting to  
> this one
> anytime soon. Interested in what you guys come up with :)
> Nick
> On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 1:02 AM, Bruno Ronchetti < 
> >wrote:
>> Hi Zhengji,
>> I am in fact working on something similar (think of it as a GnuCash  
>> on
>> Couch).
>> So far I have tested the following concepts:
>> - storing the "accounting entries" as an array alongside the original
>> source document
>> - storing the "chart of accounts" in the same database as the source
>> documents (with a special _id)
>> - building a view that combines "chart of accounts" and "accounting
>> entries" together in order to obtain the "general ledger".
>> So far so good.
>> I am an absolute beginner (both with couch and the web) and I  
>> haven't done
>> volume testing, but at the conceptual level CouchDB looks like a  
>> very clean
>> and powerful solution for this class of problems, IMHO.
>> Regards.
>> On 13/apr/09, at 08:15, 厉正吉 wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>> I wonder if I could make a browser based persional finance manager
>>> with CouchDB as back-end database.
>>> Is CouchDB suitable for this application?

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