Private lending investment extension

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Ann

12 Feb, 2024 06:29 AM

Hello,

I very much would like to use Moneydance as my personal finance software. However, it lacks a key investment, private lending/lender loans. There is a loan account, which is for "borrowing from", not "lending to."

My question is would it be possible to create an extension that creates a new investment type which is a "lending to" loan which could handle amortization, fees, principal repayment, interest payment, etc. in an integrated manner with the menus, trees, reminders (preferably with prefill values based on balances), and more.

I took a quite look through the Developer Extension Pack JavaDocs, but wasn't certain that it would be possible. I do have a Java development background, so I think I could handle it, but I am uncertain whether I want to invest time starting development to find it is not possible with the current API.

I'd really like some feedback from those who have actually written extensions and/or the development team at Infinite Kind.

Thanks

  1. 1 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 12 Feb, 2024 07:22 AM

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    My opinion...

    The MD API is great at allowing you to leverage what's already there.. It doesn't really allow you to create new 'things'. You can do some 'hackery' but it will be suboptimal for what you are after (e.g. 'in an integrated manner with the menus .....' etc.... For example, if you created a new txn type, the rest of std MD just would not know how to deal with it...

    There is an account editor class lying around, and I think this was to allow you to 'enhance' account types... But I have never seen this used...

    However, you can take data out of MD and present it differently, you can even change data via the API, as long as it goes back into MD in a std form that MD recognises. If you can live with this, then perhaps.....

    But: "new investment type" - no. This needs to be core code. It's a pity there's no way for MD to deal with these.

    and "in an integrated manner with the menus, trees, reminders (preferably with prefill values based on balances)" - no...

    Sorry...

    Others may have different views....

  2. 2 Posted by Ann on 20 Feb, 2024 10:36 PM

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    I have made two separate replies to this posting and neither has appeared. Am I being censored?

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 20 Feb, 2024 10:47 PM

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    Some email replies tend to not be handled well by the software, but replies done using the web interface work well. The only censorship applied is with things like abusive posts, spam posts etc.

  4. 4 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 21 Feb, 2024 08:22 AM

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    … hence never reply by email. Click the link and reply online

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