Fabrik gives you the power to create forms and tables that run inside Joomla without requiring knowledge of mySQL and PHP. Then feed your data into Google Maps, Charts or an AJAX based calendar
With Fabrik you can create applications that range in complexity from simple contact forms to complex applications such as a job application site or bug tracking systems.
I had tried Fabrik over 3 years ago and it didn't really meet my needs then. So I kind of put it to the side.
Then I met Rob C. at a Joomla devs conference in NYC and got to know him. Great guy! (He even bought me supper one night, but that's not why I am writing the review, just wanted to point out the kind of guy he is).
EVEN STILL I didn't use the latest version until last week when I decided to see if it would solve the need I had for a small custom app. I started playing with Fabrik and was VERY IMPRESSED to see how it had evolved. He really has thought of almost everything and what he didn't think of can be added as a plugin, or with a mod to the templates.
Fabrik adheres to the latest and greatest Joomla file conventions and layouts (proper use of MVC) which makes it so easy skin and extend.
I think a newbie will need to read the documentation and maybe get a support contract, just because there are so many things you can do, but experienced devs will quickly see the power to create what often takes hours of code to accomplish, be it an actual 'app' or just a simple to complex form.
Kudos Rob and Hugh on a great product. I think I will be using Fabrik for many more future client requests.
Hi Just to clarify, there is a free registration option as well as paid registration options. This gives you access to some of the extra plugin downloads, where as paid subscribers get access to all possible downloads
there are a couple of sugestions i will log into the forum but i'm very happy with this product, it is worth testing
keep the good work
The documentation, while quite sufficient, needs to be read and fully understood before beginning development. There are enough quirks peculiar to this tool that you cannot dive-in without reading first and expect good results. Experienced database application developers will appreciate the depth of detail and planning that has gone into this tool.
Installation instructions are detailed and easy to follow for the complete novice. Usage instructions assume a good understanding of database application development techniques.
If you need a tool to rapidly prototype or deploy basic database applications, this is a must.
The two guys behind Fabrik are simply geniuses.
I really apreciate the work that this team has done, I'm impressed and I think for all the developers this kind of tools show us how powerful tools can be developed in Joomla.
Altough I know there are some bugs that you are fixing, I want to congratulate this team.
I've been working with CMS's for many years, right from the start with "Mambo", the transition and now Joomla! and over those years I probably used, tried and tested dozens if not hundreds of extensions, but when I first discovered Fabrik it blew me away. It is so much more then just another "Joomla! extension". At first hesitant as it sees a bit daunting, but it doesn't take long at all to catch on to the basics, which in no time lets you conceptualize, design and build highly functional Web-Applications!, which was just unthinkable for me before with my limited skills in php and sql. It is not only THE most powerful and flexible extension, but also THE most Empowering learning tool. I actually started now doing Database and Application design and that's only after just getting a bit familiar with Fabrik, I haven't even scratched the surface yet and can already see the possibilities are endless.
My highest regards and respect to those guys for such a great product, and mainly their dedication, passion and seemingly tireless support.
Even initially just using the free version lets you do amazing things.
I did purchase a subscription now and it is worth every penny and more then that!
Also the support is great, just looking through the forums shows that those guys really try to answer every question, and not just telling you "read the manual" but actually working with you for Your specific need and beyond that often adding some extra explanations that help you learn the application even more.
Additionally if you look at the SVN they are bringing out new features, improvements or fixes almost daily if not several a day, which makes you wonder if those guys ever sleep.
In short HIGHLY Recommended!! If you want to take your web development with Joomla! to a higher level, Try Fabrik!!
Noxidsoft has been using Fabrik for about 6 month's now and I can't recommend any other application builder for Joomla 1.5. Sure beats hours of from-scratch component/module development that I can spend on other things like dreaming up ideas.
Hope the developers are keen to continue production through into Joomla 1.6.x series?
Excellent job Hugh and the rest of the Fabrik team!
The support is excellent and I recommend signing up for a subscription as it gives access to additional plugins, training materials and support (various levels).
In short a great tool.
I plan to subscribe to get the more advanced plugins and access to the advanced tutorials. Fabrik appears to be the tool of choice for anyone who needs to build vertical market solutions without coding.
After looking for an extension to customize my contacts EXACTLY the way I wanted, I realized the only exact approach would be my own, and this tool let me do it. And that's only the beginning. If you need data entered, displayed, edited, chartered, mapped, calculated, manipulated, searched, etc., this is the extension for you! The extension is free; support if you need it is reasonable!
The support is good, issues get solved (I became a 'bronze supporter' to get them solved within a timeframe of 24 hours)
It takes a while to get the hang of things in the beginning, but it is well worth your while to dive into this. It made my joomla websites truly interactive!
Once you get into the flow you can do amazing things with this. It has made my life so much easier!