Looking at this plugin I was happy.. till I saw it was only useful for one of their paid (and quite expensive) LDM services. Listing as non-commercial is the truth, but it is useless without the commercial service.
Then I tried this one, enter your information, select the predone database tables.. and bang.. one program ready for configuration.
I know its not the only one out there, but the simplicity is beyond awesome.
I am developing a commercial component with over 40 tables, and 600 fields, this baby hammered out the skeleton of the component with forms, layouts, lists, views (front and back) in seconds.
YES, you will need to tidy the code, but the boring bit is done for you. I have saved maybe 3 months work with this gem!
My only issue with the program is the that the calender control didnt appear properly in forms, but easily sorted.
My suggestions for the future.
1 - Instead of an (edit) button just make the name link to edit record like most joomla components (easily done with a site wide find - replace)
2 - Publish should be a radio button, not a text field (sorted same way)
3 - Sort by option on the fields in table views.
4 - (a real wish list, but I would happily pay for this as a commercial plugin) a generated search plugin that searches tables based on a 'searchable' tick box during the creation stage.. or just the entire of the table specified in the component itself.
5 - Optional 'forms' for the front end as well
Utterly BRILLIANT.. Thanks