SQL-Ledger, developed around 20 years ago, is one of the most robust and feature-rich free accounting systems, easily competing with offerings like Quickbooks and Xero. It supports over 20 languages and works out of the box in multiple linguistic contexts.
However, there are some issues with using SQL-Ledger today due to its age and the technology used in its development:
SQL-Ledger is built using CGI-Scripts. This leads to two main issues:
My approach will be two part. I’ll be developing a RESTFUL API for SQL-Ledger, which will act as our application backend. The goal will be make the API standalone such that it makes it simple for anyone to pair it with any existing SQL-Ledger installation. The goal will be to keep the database structure as close to the original as possible to keep backward compatibility. This should also allow a much easier integration of SQL-Ledger with other programs as needed.
This will be paired with a stand-alone SPA developed using Vue 3.0 Framework. I’ll be using Bootstrap 5.3 as a CSS framework to make things easier.
SQL-Ledger has already been developed with the front-end and back-end code being mostly separate. Back-end Processes are self-contained and in the “SL” folder, while the front-end code is part of the “/Bin/Mozilla” directory. The goal with the API to use the existing modules from “SL” as much as possible and create a wrapper for those modules but we will also be working with the database directly where needed. This should make the development much quicker and much less error-prone.
All development done will be open-source. I will be posting updates of development here.