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 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!)
You can use it for form, report tool and also you can create a custom application using Fabrik.
Fabrik is a lot more easier than other similar component (DBQ,Reporter,FacileForm ect.).
I have subscribe to their plan and got good documentation and their forum is very active.
The effort and time cost have been decreased incredibly, although it was the first time I have used this component.
as time goes I was thinking that with this tool it is possible to create anything.
I'm waiting for the stable 2.0 version for using with Joomla 1.5
We have wanted to take Joomla to the next level for our customers data entry and reporting needs and we feel that a HOME RUN was hit by selecting Fabrik.
Documentation is always interesting suject, been there done that before and it is not easy to do. The subscription is worth the few bucks to get the documentation. With in an hour of printing and reading the docs we had the workflow figured out and were up and running with real data.
If you are not familiar with SVN to get updates/patches take the time to figure it out it is well worth the time and effort and might save you time.
If anyone run into the Calendar script error, no problem it is on the forum with an easy fix.
Looking forward to working with Fabrik on our current project and expect to use it on future projects.