Passing the reigns

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 new feature after feature after feature. But the larger it became 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 I’m very sad to say that the time has come to pass on the reigns! My very good friend Joseph Lo, whom I’ve known for many years will be taking over. It was thanks to him that back in 2011 we got a grant to work on the script for year. That year various modules were borne including the Form Builder, plus I got to work on a lot of the foundations for the later versions of the script.

Over the coming months we’ll be sorting out what to do. I had a pretty clear roadmap of where I wanted to take the script, but I firmly believe he should take it wherever he wants.

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



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8 Responses to Passing the reigns

  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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