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Form Tools Core

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This repo contains the source code for the Form Tools Core. The Core provides the minimal code needed to run Form Tools on your server.


  • The master branch contains the latest work being done on 3.1. master is not production ready.
  • 3.0.x (3.0.1, 3.0.2, 3.0.3...) contain the tip of the various releases, but they're tagged and put into final releases when complete. Still, handy place to get the latest 3.0.x version if you need it.

Form Tools History

Form Tools 3 (2018) was a complete rewrite of the application. Form Tools started back in 2004 and this was the third (and hardest!) rewrite. The goal was to modernize the script: to run on PHP 7, use PDO, update all lib dependencies, introduce tests and pave the way for upcoming changes and features.

Form Tools 2 was the production version from 2010-2018. I took a long, 4-year break during that time to work on other projects, but returned to the Form Tools world in 2016 to revamp the site and code. Form Tools 2 is entirely functional code; FT3 converted everything to object-oriented.

PHP version support

  • Everything up to Form Tools Core 2.2.7 supports PHP 4.3 - 5.x.
  • Form Tools Core 3.0.0 supports PHP 5.3 and later.

Upcoming versions

  • 3.1 - rewriting the installation/upgrade code so that there's no longer hardcoded bundles of the Form Tools script including those modules/themes we choose, but instead you select whatever components your want during the installation, or later on.
  • 3.2 - revamping the UI. Totally new design, upgrading all the front-end code (i.e. moving to React)
  • 3.3 - revamping the user permissions to make it roles-based and not have hardcoded "admin" and "client" accounts like now.

Next Version notes

3.1 will be introducing a few changes that anticipate 3.2. A lot of the UI is a very old, using jQuery and jQuery UI to provide interactivity. 3.1 is adding in React, Redux, and a standard node build process using webpack. At this stage I'm not totally sure how much of the interface will be converted to use React, but I do want to have it available for the (many!) pages in the interface that are interaction heavy.

Up until now, the packaging process for Form Tools has been pretty much a simple matter of removing the odd file, then it up. This will change with 3.1. Now we're adding in source code that needs bundling, minification - i.e. a modern build process - the packaging process will be handled by webpack. Again, I'm not 100% sure about what form this will take at this moment, but I have some ideas.


Check out Still in its infancy, but we're getting there.


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