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.
It has proven to be a critical bridge between getting a basic site up and running and using php and mysql to impress our clients with functionality.
It does require effort on the admin's part to a) read the documentation, b) view the tutorials, c) search the forums and d) try and fail. But as a little effort is expended, the component seems to get more and more powerful.
Rob, Hugh et. al. are as attentive to requests for help as anyone can expect. Give them and their component a chance and you will be impressed with how much you can do.
- the pdf icon for the tables doesn't work properly;
- sometimes it is not easy to create tables, because of all kinds of errors;
- sometimes record addition to a table doesn't work;
- bugful when there is an image element in the table (example if you click the pdf icon you will get this: TCPDF error: Missing or incorrect image file: http://www.website.com/web//images/stories///articles.jpg);
-the view field of the table could not be hidden for some reason;
-sometimes the sorting of a table is not working properly.
I hope these bugs will be resolved, when the stable version is out, then my rating will be excellent.
Having 18+ years in the IT field and have worked with JOOMLA for 3-4 year this is the first extension that I have found that will give you the most tools and easy of use for the backend and frontend.
It is very easy to start with and the SKY is the limit.
If you find this extension very helpful the support is also and is worth every cent and I TRULY MEAN EVERY CENT.
I have worked with evey extention posted on this site and some are good and some cost money to use, But I have found this extention to be the one to use.
Please give this a try and I think you will be happy with it. Also, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting the support package.
Look it up ! 5/5
I tried EVERY other form engine (Fabrik is much more than a simple form engine, btw) out there...but all stopped short of doing what need to do: Users save data in the db via. vorms, and users have the ability to query these data/filter these data in a nice frontend table display. There was one extension that sort of came close (LQM? Some Query manager extension, but you really, REALLY need to know your SQL for that one).
The beauty of Fabrik is that this is all possible without knowing a single SQL command. In fact, I can know create frontend forms for users to enter the data, validate those data, created a new menu item to show the table, allow users to query this table, filter it based on a certain element/field, etc, etc...in about 15 minutes.
Is there a learning curve? Absolutely. But you do not need to learn SQL; you merely have to learn how to set the plethora of settings that this powerful component offers.
And to say that the 'support is terrible' is an insult to the developers; please take a look at the forums. Whether you support the project or not, the guys over at Fabrik respond to EVERYONE and at breakneck speed. They must dedicate more than 12-15 hours a day to its development and it shows.
If you want to implement some forms and db tables into a data-driven site, there is no substitute for Fabrik.
I just couldnt be happier with the way things are going. Keep in mind this is beta software and as such has bugs, but if you are willing to jump in the forums, the guys at Fabrik are very helpful. Be sure to be using the SVN checkout, not one of the older installs if you want to be serious about Fabrik application building.
This component is well worth the money they ask for the documentation. These guys response on the forums is some of the best ive seen for free and commercial extensions. Keep up the good work guys!
1. It is very easy to setup connections to databases other than the main Joomla one (even if its on another server altogether)
2. Creating table views, forms, sorting columns, displaying thumbnail images / google maps in tables and editing data is as easy as a few settings in the backend (ever tried doing this manually in php or ASP.NET?...takes at least 10 times longer!)
3. Contact forms that email and save to a database are a breeze (but if this is all you are looking to achieve and you're not keen to learn a new framework, maybe a basic form component is better)
4. The support is the best I have come across out of any free / commercial component I have used
I'm sure I haven't even scratched the surface in terms of functionality of this component, but am confident that all my custom Joomla programming in the future will be using Fabrik (guess it can't even be called programming when its as easy as point and click!)
Documentation is a bit thin for Fabrik 2, but this is completely understandable as all functionality hasn't been finalized yet and I would way rather the developers focused on new features and squashing bugs until the stable release is out (its all fairly self explanatory & the forums are excellent anyway)
One thing that would be nice in the distant future would be the ability to connect to other database engines (SQLServer especially) though I'm sure this is easier said than done
Although we are still in the early days of Fabrik 2, it is clear the framework is extremely powerful and extensible and will be a vital component for all serious Joomla users in the future. Definitely worthwhile investing a bit of time into learning how it all fits together.
Hi sorry to hear you had difficulties grasping how Fabrik works, we have some help in the wiki for everyone to use. We also have a free getting started tutorial here:
If that helps perhaps you would consider re-reviewing (if that's such a word!)