Ruby Invoicing Gem released
Published by Martin Kleppmann on 12 Feb 2009.
I have just made the first public release of a new open source project – the
Ruby Invoicing Framework, a bunch of tools and a structure which
can be used inside commercial (web) applications to handle billing of customers, tax calculations,
and other financial matters.
Full announcement and background story here.
Some highlights from the announcement:
After learning the basics of accounting, I still find it dead boring. And
that is really the reason why I took the Bid for Wine code in January 2009 and started extracting a
general-purpose finance handling framework out of it: I wanted to find a neat representation of the
data, one which made both me as a developer happy and also satisfied the accountants; and I wanted
to package it up so that I wouldn’t have to think about the financial stuff any more than
necessary: I wanted to make it go away, not by ignoring it, but by automating it as much as
possible, and by explaining it in a way which doesn’t require you to know any accounting jargon.
What I have now released, the Invoicing gem version 0.1.0, is the combination of all the
experience we gathered while developing Bid for Wine with several weeks of my full-time work.
Despite the young version number, this is already a pretty solid and stable framework. I waited with
the first release until I felt that the core API was well enough thought out that I could minimize
the number of backwards-incompatible changes in the upcoming minor versions up to 1.0.
Please help me spread the word: take a look at
the invoicing gem website, tag your tweets with
subscribe to the invoicing gem news feed,
give the gem a try, browse
the docs and
the source, and
let me know what you think!