Forum: Ruby Ruby Invoicing System?

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Ryan L. (Guest)
on 2006-05-21 04:15
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I know we have quite a few consultants in the Ruby world. Does anyone
have a nice system for generating billable invoices, possibly
Rails-based, which generates PDF or something of that nature?
Something they would be willing to share (or already do.) This sure
would be nice :)

Also something for tracking time which could be tied into the above
would also be great.

Even if it isn't Rails-based, something automated in Ruby would be
useful, and PDF sounds like the perfect output format for an invoice.

If the above does not exist, I will be surprised, and maybe I should
write it.

Of course if there is some other non-Ruby system which works great for
this, I wouldn't complain, but Ruby would be nice of course.

Thanks,
Ryan
James G. (Guest)
on 2006-05-21 04:40
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On May 20, 2006, at 7:15 PM, Ryan L. wrote:

> I know we have quite a few consultants in the Ruby world. Does anyone
> have a nice system for generating billable invoices, possibly
> Rails-based, which generates PDF or something of that nature?

I'm pretty sure this isn't what you wanted, but are you aware of
Blinksale?

http://www.blinksale.com/

James Edward G. II
Pete P. (Guest)
on 2006-05-21 05:20
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Ryan L. wrote:
> useful, and PDF sounds like the perfect output format for an invoice.
>
> If the above does not exist, I will be surprised, and maybe I should
> write it.
>
> Of course if there is some other non-Ruby system which works great for
> this, I wouldn't complain, but Ruby would be nice of course.
>
> Thanks,
> Ryan
>
Hi,

I'm currently working on a project called Miracle Accounts
(www.miracleaccounts.co.uk) although nothing is there at present. I run
a small company and I've tried a few different accounting packages. I
found them to be rather fiddly for my needs and my accountant
recommended just using Excel. I gave that a try but it was too
simplistic - so I'm writing my own :)

The idea behind it is simple - an accounting package that does what you
want without all the fiddly bits. Accounting ala Basecamp :)

If anyone has any ideas that they think such a package should contain -
then I'm all ears :)

There should be a prototype version online in a couple of days - and I
will be offering some free accounts for people who fancy giving it a try
and can help with testing etc :)


Thanks in advance!


Cheers,


Pete
David P. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 07:19
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Ryan,

I've got an open source project called BillFrog.  It's a rails app that
allows you to enter time, mileage, expenses, etc. for a variety of
projects/clients and do reports in HTML or Excel.

It's up and running at http://billfrog.us  The sourceforge project is
http://sourceforge.net/projects/billfrog  (no files are up today, but
they'll be up by end of week.)

Thanks,

David
Ryan L. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 07:40
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Cool David, I'll check it out.

Also thanks James and Peter I'll look at your links as well.

Regards,
Ryan
Hannes W. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 11:19
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Hi

On 5/21/06, Ryan L. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
> I know we have quite a few consultants in the Ruby world. Does anyone
> have a nice system for generating billable invoices, possibly
> Rails-based, which generates PDF or something of that nature?
> Something they would be willing to share (or already do.) This sure
> would be nice :)

here at ywesee we're using two tools that fit your description,
although they are not integrated atm.:

# simplistic invoicing tool and non-rails web-interface
http://download.ywesee.com/ydim
http://download.ywesee.com/ydim-html

> Also something for tracking time which could be tied into the above
> would also be great.

# client-server time-measurement and non-rails web-interface
http://download.ywesee.com/ydpm
http://download.ywesee.com/ydpm-html

> Even if it isn't Rails-based, something automated in Ruby would be
> useful, and PDF sounds like the perfect output format for an invoice.
>
> If the above does not exist, I will be surprised, and maybe I should write it.
>
> Of course if there is some other non-Ruby system which works great for
> this, I wouldn't complain, but Ruby would be nice of course.

I'll try to get a demo up this week.

cheers

Hannes
Kris L. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 19:10
Hi Pete, do you intend to sell the software or host it like basecamp?

Would be up for doing some beta testing...

> I'm currently working on a project called Miracle Accounts
> (www.miracleaccounts.co.uk) although nothing is there at present. I run
> a small company and I've tried a few different accounting packages. I
> found them to be rather fiddly for my needs and my accountant
> recommended just using Excel. I gave that a try but it was too
> simplistic - so I'm writing my own :)
>
>
Pete P. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 20:22
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Hi,

I will be hosting it like Basecamp. Several people have asked about
project tracking tools and I'm wondering whether or not it's worth
seeing
if Miracle can use the Basecamp API to provide that side of things. I
don't want to compete against Basecamp and I doubt I could make a better
tracking system - still, that's something to look in to :)

Cheers,


Pete
James B. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 20:44
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Peter P. wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I will be hosting it like Basecamp. Several people have asked about
> project tracking tools and I'm wondering whether or not it's worth seeing
> if Miracle can use the Basecamp API to provide that side of things. I
> don't want to compete against Basecamp and I doubt I could make a better
> tracking system - still, that's something to look in to :)

Please consider building an alternative to Basecamp.  I know a number of
people who use it and like it, but I've tried and just don't care for
it, and others have shared similar experiences with me.


Rather than build something from scratch, perhaps you could write
something that sits on top of Basecamp, and offers alternative means for
data manipulation/organization, please a few additional service.


--
James B.

"You harmonize; then you customize."
  - Wilson Pickett
Pete P. (Guest)
on 2006-05-22 22:50
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James B. wrote:
> Please consider building an alternative to Basecamp.  I know a number
> of people who use it and like it, but I've tried and just don't care
> for it, and others have shared similar experiences with me.
>
>
> Rather than build something from scratch, perhaps you could write
> something that sits on top of Basecamp, and offers alternative means
> for data manipulation/organization, please a few additional service.
>
>

Hi,

What sort of features etc did you have in mind? Miracle will mainly be
an accounts package but I can certainly see the need for project
management too but it's not something that I would use a lot so any
input from the people that do would be greatly appreciated!


Cheers,


Pete
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