Running Python Scripts "externally"

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nathan.neff

27 Dec, 2019 02:03 AM

Hello,

I am trying to decide whether to use Moneydance as the "definitive source" for my financial data - I plan to
perform a lot of analysis on my transactions and data using Python / Matplotlib / Pandas and NumPy.

I would like to see if there's a way to run Python scripts *outside* of the built-in Jython editor that comes with
Moneydance. From reading this page:
There are a few factors weighing in on my decision, and one of the most important is the ability to
*avoid* the built-in Python editor. I am very picky about the re

I see from this page: https://infinitekind.tenderapp.com/kb/extensions-2/extensions-overview that
there are extensions and "plugins" (The page does not say explicitly what the difference between
extensions and "plugins" are, but I digress).

In short, I would like to know if there's a way to access the data which is stored in my Moneydance
using an *external* Python application. I find that the Jython editor which is built into Moneydance is
a bit klunky and I would like to perform on-the-fly analysis using Python tools mentioned above without
needing to use the built-in Python editor and without needing to edit my Python code in an editor and then
"reloading" it into Moneydance's Python editor.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,
--Nate

  1. 1 Posted by hleofxquotes on 28 Dec, 2019 11:33 PM

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    I plan to perform a lot of analysis on my transactions and data using Python / Matplotlib / Pandas and NumPy.

    For those, likely you will need Python3 and the embedded Jython lib only support Python2.

    I think your best bet to is create an extension to export the data you need in format such as CSV, JSON and then use external tool to analyze.

    Other more "exotic" options which will fit your "on the fly analysis" requirement: create an extension that can handle REST requests to make data available to any external tool that can talk your REST verbs.

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