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 CCK applications that range in complexity from simple contact forms to complex applications such as a job application site or bug tracking systems.
People put their free time into developing extension to share with everyone. If you think you put out a better extension or could help with a project, why not put your free time into helping instead of degrading someone's effort. I think some people miss the point of Open Source. This is a problem with a lot of the Joomla community. If it's free give constructive feedback to help it get better.
As far as Fabrik goes, I think it's an excellent extension. Keep up the good work!
I installed last release (com_fabrik_2.0rc3.zip) and I can't publish forms on frontpage without mistakes.
There is the possibility to use svn versions but theese are full of bubs too.
I spent a week to fix this on my lamp without success.
It is a bit off a learning curve, but just follow the tutorials and you are on your way.
By far the best CCK component for joomla.
Really need to have search and sort function in table display.
Thanks for the review. Search and sort is completely possible with fabrik, edit the elements you want to do either of these functions on and select the "allow ordering" or "filter type" option to activate ordering/filtering
When it comes to the customer service...I created a form with over 200 questions and for some reason there was an error and the database didnt see the questions...i sent a message to the fabrik forum telling them about my problem. They replied in less than 24 hours even though I WAS NOT a subscriber. They gave me instruction on what to do to solve the problem... i tried it and it worked!
One more thing...there was not a problem with the software to start with - as i was adding new questions i had to update the database and i didnt. So the fault was mine..some times we had to use common sense...
Anyways guys, this software is amazing and the customer service is great...download it and you will not regret...also don't forget to donate...it is important to show our support when people do such an excellent job.
You can build pretty much anything you can imagine. At first I was under the impression that this was to build contact forms. It does do that but it also builds custom CRMs, rental applications managers, employee managers, office supplies managers, and an unimaginable amount of other choices.
If you can imagine it, you can build it. I still can't believe this is GPL! I do have a $20 Euro subscription, but that is well worth it. I post almost daily in the Forum and I always get timely response.
"This app, as far as I can tell, comes with zero documentation or installation instructions."
It's all right in their forum, and easy to locate - there's installation instructions, Frequently Answered Questions (EXTREMELY WELL DONE), and the code itself is chock full of context help.
This is an amazing application, because it's not just forms. It's DATABASE oriented, fully customizable, and feature rich. It was also one of the few "BIG" applications that installed flawlessly and without a hitch (from a tmp folder where I had extracted it).
I'm very excited to play with this one, it's a must have!
The extension itself is excellent. Yes, it's buggy. What do you expect? It's not a stable version yet, but it's so close! I've been using it on production sites for months, and will not bother to try any others again. Nothing else comes close to this component, and I've tried a lot of them.
Once you wrap your mind around it, it is very easy to use for simple forms. Going into more advanced and complicated forms takes a lot more work, but it sure is worth it!
It not only helped me with the custom user forms, it actually allowed me to convert his database application where he is tracking bad creditors for various local business owners who don't pay their bills.
If you pay their very small nominal fee, the offer videos that gets you off to a good start. Yes, the learning curve is a bit tricky, but once you get an understanding of the application and with just a little php knowledge (like I have! :-) ), you will discover just how powerful Fabrik really is. I feel I only scrapped the surface!
I tried Zoo, MightyExtensions Resource, Breezing Forms, ChronoForms and briefly looked at K2 and none of them had what I needed to complete this project for my client. From a team of PHP coders to just me and Fabrik, I can say that the project is complete and my client is happy that his business idea did not go down the drain!
Thanks to Rob and the others at Fabrik for your help and creating a great product. Please, please keep up the good work and YES, get it to a stable release!
What you do get is a confusing website with a bunch of what seem to be random files to download. Downloading these files and installing them into your joomla installation seems to yield minimal results. Joomla says it's installed but... how the hell do you use it?
There is a wiki for the product with a page for installation instuctions. When you visit it, it invites YOU to create the instructions. Amazing.
Nothing should be this difficult to install.
Hi Installation is just the same as installing a normal component - not sure what issued you had there!
We have a whole series of tutorials on how to use fabrik http://fabrikar.com/help/tutorials, did you look at those?
For the manual you need to be a subscriber.
As for the wiki, the whole point of a wiki is that everyone contributes to it so I'm suprised you find that amazing we ask people to add content to it
Really looking forward to getting into building form based applications for this...
The costant feeling I belong after all that, is it will be an extension unstable for ever.
Fabrik is the sole open source database extension and that is great. It is only because of the strong love of that extension that with this feedback I want to push the developer team to write a final stable releaase of it.
Thank you Rob thank you Hugh, indeed!