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 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!
Need to purchase support. But, I think it was worth it. I got quick responses from the developers and detailed ones.
There is a lot to explore still. Its going great.
It has lots of uses, from forms, to table details, CSV import/export, EXCELENT filter options, integration with several services (Google maps, Paypal, etc).
But what is the BEST is SUPPORT. Forums are followed by its creators and really help you find the way to accomplish what you need.
Being in "Contacts and Feedback" category is not fair to this extension... since it allows you to play and link with everything.
My only gripe might be that the software is so extensive and regularly updated it's hard to keep up with what's been added, what's changed, and how to use it. Documentation is definitely a weakness!
On the other hand, even at the "Bronze" subscriber level the developers support and response has nearly always been top notch, far exceeding that given for software I've paid a lot more for.
If you want to build rich, data-driven applications expressing the complex relationships that exist between data in the real world, I've not found anything that comes close.
Be prepared to spend some time learning to use it well. Fabrik is industrial-strength--it allows you to build your own database tables and associate data items in many different ways, so if you have an ambitious project and no background knowledge of database structures you might find it hard going at first. But there are some excellent tutorials, the documentation is clear and explicit, and the subscription levels are sensibly progressive.
Release Candidate 4 of Fabrik 2.0 seems pretty stable, and a quick browse through the forums shows the time, effort, dedication and, yes, humour that the developers are putting into this product. All in all, a serious product for serious people.