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Customer Account Statementby
I'm running community v10
I'd like to send account activity statements to my customers,
showing their transactions for the month. A formal layout
document, one for each customer.
Obviously a very common requirement.
I'll probably want to modify the statement, this is why I choose open source after all.
There is so much noise around the issue it is difficult to gauge which financial statement to start from.
First of all it's really annoying that Odoo community base doesn't have this feature (or I can't find it they've made it so 'minimal'). Makes it sufficiently incomplete as to be rejected by many potential users.
One would hope OCA would have a solution to this.
Seems it resides in account-financial-reporting, but I can't be
sure because the headline README.md is so incomplete. The web
site has no screen shots or cross reference or browsable
directory to the github. INSTALL.md doesn't even exist.
page is very thin on detail.
a-f-r appears lightly maintained. Lots of uncommitted pull requests. Some low quality, some very active, some apparent valid but ignored. Lots of issues with no feedback.
Then the forks...so
many. Which one is most widely followed? Which one (if any) is
perhaps better maintained? Are they just all peoples particular
quirks? Will anyone pull the useful variants back into trunk?
And the code. Ever heard of abstraction? For code supposedly written in 2016? What happens if I want 7 day statements. Tough luck, 30/60/90 is hard coded throughout. Other than 2 decimals? nup. Flexible or customer specific file names? no way. Database neutrality? Get forking. Hey, it's open source, you welcome what you get and build on it. A pity it has to be on a poor base requiring refactoring though.
Am I being a bit hard on the community? Perhaps. But this is
supposed to be one of the most active, popular ERPs in the open
source world. Issues like this get sorted promptly in other apex
mega projects in fields of Python, like Django. Does
finance & accounting software really only attract mediocrity?
So, some questions for those with lots of Odoo experience
Why are so few people contributing back what they create in a meaningful way? Many verbal stones are lobed at Odoo S.A. for being self centered, yet the 'community' is just as bad.
Then, more specifically, which code base should I work from to
view and adapt my debtors statement? I'd prefer an open-item type,
rather than balance forward. Dual html and page layout output
would be nice. Controls to email them, with filters, monthly would
be useful. And sound code. Obviously I'd like to contribute back
changes I make, configured nicely as options so people can
enable/disable the bits I add. To a fork or trunk that doesn't
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