UPDATE 2007-10-23: Changed repository URLs.

Me and my wife have a funny relationship with money: it never stays in our hands. I would guess the majority of people have the same problem. Back in the days, I started by making ourselves a budget using OpenOffice.org spreadsheet. That was fine, until I realized my wife was always changing the numbers. She used it to record a budget of sorts, but when she actually paid the utilities, she’d change the numbers.

At about the same time, I read about Big Visible Charts. I took a piece of 2 ft × 4 ft of paper, and started at the top:

Month of November 2007

That worked OK, until we were both tired of doing all the calculations by hand… The computer is the perfect tool for the job. So now, I’m back to square one, but this time, I am armed with a lot more knowledge. I want a solution that will:

  • record budgets (planned income and expenditures);
  • record actuals (actual income and expenditures);
  • report planned vs actual values, to see where we’re over-budget (it’s the restaurants!).

After learning how to make a simple todo application on Seaside, I think this application is just a little bit meatier that it’s not going to be too hard to do. At the same time, I will use this opportunity to contrast both Seaside and Rails, to help the community at large to see the differences between both of the frameworks.

Both applications are released under the MIT License.

I have setup two repositories:

You can already grab the code from the Monticello repository: I am done coding the models on Seaside. I checked in the skeleton Rails application, and will add a couple of pieces shortly. Expect to see this series pretty regularly in the coming weeks.


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