Halting development

Incredibly, I started Form Tools 16 years ago, and over the years it just grew and grew… cool new modules, never-ending reams of documentation, website updates, and feature after feature after feature. But the larger it got the less feasible it became to support and maintain, let alone push forward. I’m just one guy and for many years the writing has been on the wall. If I’d been able to work on it full-time, things could be different – but I’ve always needed that day job to pay the bills. The last 6 months I’ve been revising a far smaller open source project, and even that has proven to be a massive amount of a work. It’s time to face fact: I no longer have time for this project.

So until things change – and I’m afraid I don’t forsee that happening – I’m very sad to say that the time has come to halt development on the project. Initially I’d hoped to pass on the reigns to an old friend of mine, but he too hasn’t been able to find time for the project.

Thanks so much everyone, it’s been wonderful. 🙂



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8 Responses to Halting development

  1. Martin says:

    Excellent job mate. Thank you so much for this foundation work and for so many years of efforts!

  2. Adel says:

    Thanks Ben for all the hard work, this is truly a great tool.

  3. Pawel says:

    I admire your work. Thank you!

  4. Izy says:

    Thank you for your all awesome work!

  5. Roger says:

    Is there any news about this project from Joseph Lo?

  6. John says:

    Hey — I just tried to send a donation and I got a “this organization’s page is broken” message on PayPal. If you fix that I’ll be glad to try again. In the meantime, here’s the note I had attached to the donation:

    I really love this script. I’ve used it on two sites so far and I just can’t say enough good things about it. More importantly, my clients love working with the tools I build with it — I almost never hear that. Many thanks for Ben for starting this and to Joseph for adopting it. I hope you can continue to develop the script.

  7. Andreu says:

    Hi Ben:

    Is there some else keep it up to date? it is an amazing tool… I believe (I am sure) that if you put it at trial some days and after that you just ask for modest fee to buy (perhaps 30 to 50?) and keep it up to date (perhaps 20 to 30 annually?), myself and many would be glad to pay.


  8. setiawan says:

    soo many thanks to ben, i hope some day u read this comments. And i hope this project continues.

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