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 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!
I can't recommend this product more for Joomla Developers and Administrators, experts and novices... it will advance your development cycle without question.
Support at Fabrik is also excellent. Sign-up for Bronze support it's well worth it.
What are you waiting for? Download now :)
After loading this and playing with it for 20 minutes I went back to their site and purchased a support option. You don't have to do this, but it opens up some additional plugins, tutorials and documentation that you will want to have anyway. I also wanted to make sure the developers can afford to continue, because this extension is worth it.
It is a release candidate so its a little rough around the edges, but their support is incredible. You will not be disappointed!
I used Fabrik to make database apps for several non-profit organizations who needed to store and track information about the clients that were passing through their programs. These organizations were using paper forms that had been around for years, and some were manually entering everything into these horrifying, bloated excel spreadsheets. "Unsophisticated" would be an understatement. It was my job to take their paper forms and excel monstrosities and figure out how to translate it all into an app for entering, viewing and managing client data.
I am by no means a professional, but with Fabrik I was able to design and maintain a stable, aesthetically pleasing and idiot-proof database app. Without the flexibility and sophistication of Fabrik this project would have been a nightmare.
Regarding support, I am a bronze subscriber and my experience with the Fabrik team has been uniformly positive. I recently ran across a bug (a simple 'oops' that they had apparenly overlooked). I made a post to the forum with the error message. Two hours later a new SVN rev was out, bug fixed. Thanks Hugh!
Frankly, I think I've been spoiled by the level of support. If a reply to a question doesn't happen within 24 hours I start to wonder if there has been some terrible accident. I'm only half-joking: support through the Fabrik forum has been very consistent and very good, and this has been the case for the past two years of using Fabrik for work and personal projects.
One minor critical note: Fabrik lets you do a wide variety of sophisticated stuff. With this flexibility comes a moderately steep learning curve. However, I think it's well worth your time to learn the ins-and-outs of this extension.
Is IS DAFT that its free, but then it really fits with the Joomla idea to have something as well composed as this out there for others to build on.
Lovely vid tutorials (you could write many more, just to show the full scale of Fabrik) are enough to start you off and theres a pretty well supported forum that deals with most of the queries. This should be in its own category of database management software.
It has a lot of plug-ins... This is a pro and a con at the same time. The con being that the use of plugins is sometimes confusing and not 100% stable.
The support is quite efficient.
There are several bugs in the RCs, therefore it´s just recommended to use the latest svn´s (my opinion). But these are pretty stable.
About the functionality I just have to say: fabulous! Great! Excellent!