The guys over at Tap have been talking about their LogiCreate framework for a while, and they open sourced it (QT-style license) back in June.
I avoided learning more about it, politely paying attention to information about it but never following through. I’ve been burned by frameworks in the past, being overly complex and obtuse. LogiCreate has glowing reviews, but who wouldn’t post glowing reviews? They say it will slash your development time and separate code from content, which we’ve all heard before.
The difference is that this time it’s true. I downloaded LogiCreate yesterday having only seen a basic overview, and by the end of the day I had a basic multi-user application up and running. It’s really easy to develop modules for, and I think it’s the bee’s knees. If you’re developing a web app that needs to manage users, permissions and databases check it out, I’m sold. I’ll be posting more info about the app that I’m developing later, but in the meantime spend some time reading up on it.
The only downside at this point is that there isn’t a really strong module development community. It comes with a lot of what you’ll need, but it’s not on par with something like PostNuke in terms of add-ons. I think this will change as more people hear about it and start using it, but that can be a chicken/egg problem. Tap offers some high quality commercial modules for things like mailing lists, forums, and ecommerce starting around $200. Also, it isn’t XHTML/CSS compliant, but you can fix that in the templates if you’re so inclined. The speed of development certainly makes up for these shortcomings.

2 responses to “LogiCreate”

  1. Keith says:

    I was going to throw in my $.02 on LogiCreate. I built an alumni site for my high school in the course of a weekend. That is including template changes, design and building some custom apps. The site was running PHPNuke and I just got tired of screwing around with really bad integrated html/logic code.
    LogiCreate is very cool and I hear they are about to release some modules for it as well.

  2. I don’t know why I didn’t notice this entry before… It’s simply amazing; almost like they read my mind and did everything I’d ever wished for when working with other framework/cms/etc systems.
    I’ve gotten two projects started that I’ve been stalled on forever, and one is about half done. In only about 8 hours of time. A true lifesaver!

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