Files @ 42046ad749c3
Branch filter:

Location: NPO-Accounting/npo-accounting-ikiwiki/GSoC2014Ideas.mdwn - annotation

bkuhn
note that upstream is Ledger-CLI here.
Google Summer of Code 2014 Ideas
================================

Welcome, potential Google Summer of Code students!  This projects is
currently called "The NPO Accounting Project", for lack of a better name.

The project is coordinated by
[Software Freedom Conservancy, Inc.](https://sfconservancy.org/) which is a
501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization in the USA.  We run all our
operations solely and completely on Free Software.

One area that we've had great difficulty is regarding non-profit accounting
software.  We've launch this project to improve the state of accounting
Open Source and Free Software for non-profits.

## Possible GSoC 2014 Projects

1. Add all necessary the tag types found
   [the tutorial on the Ledger-CLI setup for fiscal sponsor 501(c)3 organizations](https://gitorious.org/ledger/npo-ledger-cli/)
   into the
   [REST API for basic double-entry accounting](http://npoacct.sfconservancy.org/accounting-api/).
 
   This will require the student to get familiar (or already be familiar)
   with how Ledger-CLI works, how REST APIs work, and learn some basics of
   double entry accounting.

    A successful student should be able to complete that work about
    three-quarters the way through the summer, and then be able to focus on
    actually writing a few specialized NPO-style report using the API.  A
    great acid test will be to use the API to implement the
    [IRS required charity public support test](http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Exempt-Organizations-Annual-Reporting-Requirements-Form-990,-Schedules-A-and-B:-Public-Charity-Support-Test).

2. Build a better test suite for [Ledger-CLI](http://www.ledger-cli.org/).

   Since this project relies so heavily on Ledger-CLI, we'd really like there
   to be a full test coverage for Ledger-CLI.  To do that, a student will
   need to be already somewhat familiar C++ and willing to learn about how to
   set up test suites for C++ programs, and likes writing tests.  The student
   could easily spend the whole summer just writing tests and not finish.

    Ledger-CLI does have the beginnings of a test suite, but its test harness
    needs work and improvement, and it would be very good if a test coverage
    report was generated.  There is also work to be done to investigate what
    test coverage tools should be used  for the project.

    While this project is of primary interest to this project, it will
    require careful coordination with Ledger-CLI as an upstream, and we'll
    help mentor the student in that.
    
3. Build a better Python interface to Ledger-CLI for use by our API.

   Right now, Ledger-CLI has a rather incomplete Python interface, based on
   [Boost.Python](http://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_55_0/libs/python/doc/).
   However, the right approach is probably to use
   [SWIG](http://www.swig.org/) or some other similar mechanism to build a
   proper Python API.  Perhaps Ledger-CLI could stick with Boost.Python, but
   what's there clearly needs an overhaul.  The upside of using SWIG will be
   that we can get APIs for other languages too. 

   While this project is of primary interest to this project, it will require
   careful coordination with Ledger-CLI as an upstream, and we'll help mentor
   the student in that.