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Forms-design application builder tool?

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 5:12 PM, Rich Braun <richb-RBmg6HWzfGThzJAekONQAQ at> wrote:

> I've built a hopefully-clever database schema for a sys-admin tool, and
> have
> grown a bit tired of manually invoking insert/update commands in raw SQL.
> Keeping track of the foreign-key indices, etc, manually is an error-prone
> pain.
> So I want a reasonably straighforward way of generating a form based on my
> schema, and can't seem to find anything useful.  There are a couple of
> not-bad
> ones that can read a single multi-column table and crank out an html form,
> but
> nothing that can go through 15 or 20 existing tables in a MySQL database
> and
> provide reasonably-simple layout tools to put the fields where I want them
> on
> 2 or 3 screens.
> One of the most sophisticated ones out there, believe it or not, is the
> Base
> tool in OpenOffice--but it's modeled after a 1993-vintage version of MS
> Access
> (no thanks!).  Well, there /are/ more-sophisticated tools, but they tend to
> be
> proprietary and have a learning curve significantly longer than the amount
> of
> time I'm trying to save on manually generating some PHP forms.
> If you were building a database-driven website design today (one that looks
> like, say,, with the goal of providing browsable/updateable views
> of,
> say, DNS records), what framework would you start with?
> Secondarily, I want this thing to be scriptable, ideally with the same set
> of
> internal commands as the UI (to perform such operations as "insert new host
> into domain").  I suspect that's too much to hope for in a single
> off-the-shelf tool.
> BLU isn't quite the right place to ask this, where else should I turn?
> -rich
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