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The [[/HyperMoney|original version]] was written in [[Microsoft Access 97]] (VBA) around 2001, where it was working reasonably well (albeit with many rough edges). I have ported it to [[PHP]]/[[MySQL]] as a [[MediaWiki extension]]. The basic functions are now working and were usable at one point, though I think changes in the underlying libraries have caused some problems which now need to be fixed.
2019-08-22 I have it partly working under [[Ferreteria]], but I have found myself annoyed by the limitations of the existing data schema and am rewriting that from scratch.
It is currently being updated to use the [[Ferreteria]] libraries. It needs a data redesign in order to be able to do account splits (the necessary data design was prevented by the UI constraints of Access 97).
* [[/archive]]
* [[/goals]]
I have done some preliminary work on [[/version 2]], though that is on hold for now.
* [[/history]]
* [[/naming]]
* To avoid [[/flaws in other software|shortcomings in existing money manager software]]
* To minimize the "setup curve", i.e. the amount of preparatory work needed before any useful amounts of data can be entered
* To provide all basic functionality needed for the following:
** Tracking and balancing one's bank accounts, credit cards, and other basic types of money accounts
** Tracking debts and loans involving one or more other parties of varying levels of disorganization (they might or might not send you regular statements or even reliable itemizations)
* To make data entry as painless as possible:
** Easy identification of redundantly-entered transactions -- so you can Just Start Typing instead of worrying about where you left off last time
** Deferred data massaging -- so you can Just Start Typing, and worry about assigning proper accounts and categories to things later; the program should keep track of incomplete data massaging so you can take care of it when you have time
Googling for "[[google:financeferret|financeferret]]" did not turn up any apparent trademarks in ~2008. The [[domain name]] "financeferret.com" was registered in 2006, but as of 2008-08-17 the associated web site still showed it as "coming soon" -- possibly a [[domain squatter]].
From this, I determined that the name is more or less available for this use. "financeferret.net" and "financeferret.org" were available as of 2008-08-17, but it didn't seem worth the trouble and expense to register them (enough just-for-the-name domains sitting around sucking $12/year out of my bank account already).
When I checked again on 2009-06-06, financeferret.com had become available, so I registered it... but later let the registration expire. As of 2011-09-27 it was still available, but it seems to have been registered by someone in Australia on 2015-04-17 (domain parked with no advertising).
As of 2017-07-08, it redirects to [https://www.financeferret.com.au financeferret.com.au], a web site for "Finance Ferret Pty Ltd" which appears to be a trade name registered in [[Australia]]. The .org and .net domains remain available.
* [[/mirror transaction]]
* [[/tables]]
* [[/tables]]
* [[/queries]]
* [[/queries]]

Revision as of 20:26, 22 August 2019


FinanceFerret is the working name for an (eventually) open source personal finance manager application currently being developed by Woozle.


2019-08-22 I have it partly working under Ferreteria, but I have found myself annoyed by the limitations of the existing data schema and am rewriting that from scratch.