You’re probably wondering why I wanted to write another personal finance manger. Sure, there are some commercial products that have a lot of bells and whistles, and there are some nice freeware programs that seem pretty solid. Well, I have an older version M$ Money, but I’m choosing not to upgrade this one due to M$ new practices of storing your data online. Actually, the biggest reason is that I don’t want to pay “again” for another upgrade. I think the two big commercial products are coming up with ways to force you to upgrade. Feel free to search the web for stories of forced upgrades. Ok, rant over.
So why not one of the decent freeware programs? I am currently using Money Manager Ex and it does a decent job. It too is open source, but I don’t know C++ so I can’t contribute. Money Manager Ex has a number of great features, and will continue to use it until I publish the first version of MoneyBaron.
I’m writing MoneyBaron in VB.NET 2005, and will keep it as an open source application. I hope someone may benefit by looking at my code. I’ll tell you now that there are times my coding discipline will falter, but as it matures, so will my code. Patience….