I'm looking for suggestions on a technology stack to use for a simple web application to track expenses that (a) must be hosted on a Ubuntu server and (b) use a MySQL database. I've been asked to provide suggestions, but not actually work on the project.

The company I work for has volunteered to do some pro-bono development for a non-profit. The non-profit needs a very simple web application that tracks expenses by office location (they have 5) and expense category (~25 categories). So, basically a crud application with a few different business objects. We will then need to do some very basic reporting.

The only developers assigned to work on this project are a pair of junior developers who have ONLY worked in the .NET stack (MVC4, WCF, SQL Server). I floated the Mono idea, but that was shot down, and not an option.

Any recommendations would be very helpful. I've been looking for a solution where I can find a working example (open source) online to build upon.

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I'm a fan of the LAMP stack being, in my case: Linux (you've got Ubuntu) Apache MySQL (one of the requirements) PHP

There's loads of free IDEs out there for PHP, you can use Eclipse, Netbeans or many others. I personally use PHPStorm, but it's not free.

On top of the LAMP stack, git for source control; but you could use whatever you currently use probably.

I'd go for the CodeIgniter framework as it's easy to use, doesn't tie you in too much to the principles of MVC patterns and works simply as a zip download rather than needing to setup and configure the likes of composer.


I like this:

  • Python
  • Django
  • PostgresSQL
  • git
  • pyCharm (IDE)

Some new team mates worked with .net and c# before and now like python very much. They don't want to go back to c#.

There are many Django packages ready to use: https://www.djangopackages.com/

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