GnuCash historically has always been a traditional application in the sense that you open it, use it
to manipulate your financial data via the windows it presents, save your data and close the
windows again. This has the inherent limitation that you can only do whatever the windows, menus
and toolbars allow you to do.
Sometimes you might need a little more flexibility. For example, you need a report with just a little different information than what the built-in reports provide, or you want to automate a frequently recurring action. Such custom manipulations are ideal candidates to write in one or the other scripting language.
GnuCash version 2.4 you can write
Python scripts to manipulate
your financial data.
Python extensions come with a couple of ready to use scripts. This chapter will show you how
to use some of them.
This chapter is not about how to write your own