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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Forms Tool | Aug 30, 2016 8:38:12 PM

Angular vs. React: It’s On … Again | Aug 23, 2016 2:11:37 PM

White-Label Customer-Facing Form Builders Offer UX, Branding Advantages | Aug 16, 2016 12:57:30 PM

Say you’re building a snappy new business app and need to choose a form building and management solution. As you review the various options available, there’s one question that many developers may not consider:

Better Than Webforms: Meet Our New Drupal Forms Module | Aug 9, 2016 12:20:55 PM

Bring up the webform module in a crowd of Drupal developers, and a few eyerolls may be the most positive response you see.

Digital Transformation: What Is It, Why Does It Matter, and How Do We Get There? | Aug 2, 2016 1:15:07 PM

Streamlining the Manufacturing Sales Cycle [Case Study] | Jul 26, 2016 8:23:47 PM

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In the manufacturing industry, producing an accurate request for quotation (RFQ) and price estimate for a new client can be complex, often requiring dozens of specific data inputs. Boardman LLC's manual process of processing RFQs and generating price estimates was slow and resource intensive, hampering its ability to close sales. By implementing Form.io, the company was able to streamline its estimating process, reduce administrative resources, and minimize the risk of human error, all while creating a trackable workflow with comprehensive and transparent reporting.

How to Click, Clone & Customize “Serverless” Apps | Jul 19, 2016 9:51:56 AM

Say you’re working on a complex form-based project for several different clients with similar requirements. Essentially it’s the same serverless app, produced over and over again; it just needs to be copied and customized to fit the specifications of each customer. Sure, you can copy the front end of the app fairly easily … but reconfiguring to connect to a new back end each and every time can be difficult and time consuming.

Serving the Open-Source Community: Join the Conversation on Gitter | Jul 12, 2016 3:25:50 PM

Since our company was founded, Form.io has been committed to supporting the open-source community and encouraging our fellow developers to modify and enhance our solutions. We’re proud to offer our Form and API platform as an open-core application (you can find us on GitHub here).

When Signals Fail: Form Solutions and Offline Access | Jul 5, 2016 6:13:26 PM

When you chose your form solution, you were careful to make sure it offered everything you needed. Compatibility with your CMS, check. Security, check. Analytics, check. You launched it without a hitch, and your customers loved it ...

No Ticket Required: Letting Business Process Owners Manage Their Own Forms | Jun 28, 2016 2:46:41 PM

New Features to Power Up Your Form-based Data Management Applications: Meet the New and Improved Form.io | Jun 21, 2016 7:25:11 PM

If you haven’t seen Form.io lately, you haven’t seen Form.io.

Death to the PDF! A Better Way to Handle Online Forms | Jun 14, 2016 9:54:50 AM

When we talk to CIOs and directors of technology about how their organizations handle forms, it astounds us how many are still using fillable PDFs and email.

Solving the Make-vs-Buy API Dilemma | Jun 7, 2016 7:02:18 PM

More and more, developers are building “severless” applications using many popular JavaScript frameworks — AngularJS, ReactJS, MeteorJS, and others — all of which require extensive APIs to connect to the servers that support them. But they’re on their own when it comes to developing the APIs themselves, which raises the question “Should we build (make) APIs internally, as we have in the past? Or should we use external API platforms (buy) to accomplish the same task?"

Singing the blues over angular-formly? This will change your tune. | May 31, 2016 9:27:27 AM

On February 17, 2016, Kent C. Dodds, developer of the popular Angular.js module angular-formly, announced that he would no longer be supporting or maintaining the project.

Unlocking the handcuffs: Manage data externally from your CMS | May 24, 2016 2:53:13 PM

Since the first content management systems emerged in the 1990s, developers have been hitching their wagons to their CMS platforms of choice — and using those platforms for just about anything and everything. “One platform to do it all” became the mantra of an entire generation of programmers.

What are serverless apps … and what do they mean for developers? | May 17, 2016 9:36:53 AM

Back in “the day” — as in four or five years ago — app developers had to spend a lot of time and energy thinking about servers: buying them, powering them, keeping them cool and dry, planning for failover, upgrading them, etc. Today, the concept of a server-based app is giving way to a more distributed “microservices” model.

Form.io at DrupalCon 2016: JSON Powered Forms in Drupal | May 10, 2016 2:36:08 PM

DrupalCon 2016 kicked off yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans! Visit our team at Booth 119 to learn how <form.io> combines all form creation and back-end API development in one step — and to register for your chance to win a remote-controlled Landvo Hover-Drone with HD Camera!

form.io at ng-conf 2016: Meet the next generation of JSON-powered forms | May 4, 2016 11:38:24 AM

AngularJS developers, welcome to ng-conf 2016, kicking off today at the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. The <form.io> team is on the scene at Booth 19!

Form.io takes Dropbox web app integrations to the next level | Apr 6, 2016 4:03:21 PM

Building web apps with file integrations is complicated. Whenever files enter the picture, server calls become much more complicated than simple POST requests with a response. Suddenly things like the file interface, multipart form data, and browser security differences come into the picture. Once the file gets to the server both storage  and security comes into play, as well as managing who has access to which files.

SkyNurses: A case study - The Best PREscription for Medical Forms | Feb 26, 2016 2:53:35 PM

SkyNurses is a full-service medical escort company, serving a multitude of patients in exotic locales that range from luxurious to primitive.  VP Medical Management, Tara Rose, RN, was kind enough to share information about their frustrations with previous form solutions, the reasons they decided to transition to <form.io>, and provide us one of their actual forms to view.

Interview with WDRL’s Anselm Hannemann | Feb 23, 2016 3:43:21 PM

We at <form.io> spend a great deal of time each week consuming industry information ranging from case studies, tech news and in-depth technical blog posts from news feed readers, custom searches and social media. Staying abreast of what's current and upcoming is vital to maintaining <form.io>’s position as the leader in combined FORM and API Data Management solutions. We love sharing key insights with our community as we discover them.

Without a doubt, one of the first places we look for timely news and thoughtful dialogue is Web Development Reading List, curated by Anselm Hannemann. Anselm was kind enough to share with us some of his thoughts on WDRL, and we think you’ll appreciate his perspective.

Using Internet Apps Without the Internet - Offline Forms | Feb 2, 2016 2:01:23 PM

While we all know internet connectivity has come a long way. We also know that developers can’t build applications that assume it will always be available to users.  Nothing is worse than having a user lose all of the data they entered simply due to an unreliable or intermittent internet connection.  Additionally, many applications need to address the use-cases where the user wants to enter data even when they know they are offline, and then have the data populate when they reconnect.  As a result of this, today’s world requires applications to have robust Offline mode capabilities.  

5 Office 365 Hacks to Streamline Your Enterprise | Jan 19, 2016 2:08:55 PM

Microsoft Office 365 has an assortment of features that prove useful to businesses, but some of the best features are buried a bit beneath the surface. Below are some of the more interesting tricks hidden in Office 365 that could help to streamline your enterprise.

Is a 20% Project Right for Your Organization? | Jan 7, 2016 10:06:44 AM

A 20% project, most famously implemented at Google, is a win for innovation, productivity, and problem solving. While how Google implements this time has varied over the years, one can hardly argue with the results: AdSense, Google News, Google Talk (now Hangouts) and Gmail all started as 20% projects.  

The dirty little secret of online FORMs | Dec 22, 2015 1:15:13 PM

The dirty little secret of online forms is that everyone has to do validation twice. The server needs to validate the data to ensure that it is correct but we also need to do the validation in the browser to improve usability and give faster feedback. That means duplication and waste.

Making Back End Docs and Version Control Scalable | Dec 4, 2015 2:36:24 PM

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Developers share and collaborate in a variety of ways, be it through open source projects or in their day-to-day work with colleagues. Best practices for collaboration include providing up-to-date documentation and implementing version control. Most developers are familiar with version control systems, and the expectation for documentation, but making these process scalable for continued use is a challenge.

On Premises vs. Hosted Applications | Dec 2, 2015 4:33:16 PM

Corporations have been using software installed in their local computers (On Prem) for years, but the move to cloud solutions is making this model less common, replacing it with SaaS solutions running remotely. Microsoft Azure Cloud growth exploded when corporations ditched their local MS Exchange servers and moved their email services to the Cloud. Similar happenings can be seen with Oracle, and CRM giant, Salesforce, is a pioneer in hosted applications.

26 Developer Blogs You Can't Miss | Oct 23, 2015 2:13:25 PM


As front-end developers and UX enthusiasts, there are a number of resources online that will help us get the job done faster, and with an eye to standards. We've put together this list of blogs that are sure to hit the spot.  Some are focused on the technical implementation of web and mobile development, others wax poetic on standards, fair treatment/payment and other industry frustrations -- all things that weigh on the modern developer's mind.

Take a look through these suggestions for great developer content, and let us know if you have others.

Comparing Your CDN options | Oct 21, 2015 4:11:35 PM

If you are trying to access a website from the office, you may be accessing it via a proxy server that your employer set up for external access. This proxy server will store the most up to date copies of the most visited websites, speeding up your request.  

On a larger scale, a content delivery network (CDN) provides similar services, being an interconnected series of servers that will cache, store, and distribute web content to multitudes of end users, simultaneously, from the most appropriately located server.

Within the CDN, content is available in multiple copies on strategically located servers (content replication).



Create an Office 365 Integrated App | Oct 12, 2015 2:22:11 PM

Today's businesses run on data, and Office 365 is one of the most popular cloud-based office suites available.  With the convenience of apps we already all know and love, and the collaborative features that only cloud-based environments can offer, Office 365 is a dominant force in the corporate world.  

10 Great Tools That FE Developers Love | Sep 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

In this day and age, there is no reason to pull out your trusty text editor and create a website from scratch. With the frameworks and SDKs that are available to the modern front-end developer, development can move faster, and performance can be enhanced by a number of great developer time savers. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites here. 

Tools for Front End Developers

1) Bootstrap: Started internally in Twitter as framework to encourage consistency across internal tools, Twitter was kind enough to open source this fantastic front-end resource so that all front-end developers could benefit from the framework.

The rise of “API” first applications at Connect.JS | Sep 29, 2015 6:52:57 PM

We understand that our business is built around serving the Data and API creation needs of front-end developers. In any business, but particularly in ours, it's vital to stay in contact with the community of people you are building your product for. That's why a large part of what we do is centered on serving the developer community at large.

Streamlining the User Experience With FORM-Based APIs | Sep 28, 2015 10:21:00 AM

The difference between a successful website and an unsuccessful one is not just about content: two web pages can talk about the same topic but the way the topic is presented can make all the difference.

Users are picky, as well they should be.  The value of their time is great because it is finite, so a site or app that isn’t easy to use is likely to be unpopular.  If your users don’t get the info they are looking for within two taps or mouse clicks, not only will they leave, you’ve burned your one chance with them.  A return visit is unlikely. 

And if the experience is bad enough, get ready for some negative feedback. 

On Launching from Start-up Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 | Sep 25, 2015 4:34:00 PM

We're happy to report that <form.io> had great success launching the company to the public at TechCrunch Disrupt!  Opening up from a closed beta to a mature, open product was exciting and the reaction from the community was gratifying, to say the least.

“We were overwhelmed by the attention to <form.io> at the show. The positive response and excitement from potential customers and partners was exceptional, and far exceeded our expectations.”  

-- Denise Kay, CBDO and Co-Founder.

The opportunity to get to know many of our existing users, as well as form relationships with many new-to-<form.io> developers was enlightening.  When you build something for developers, it's important to make sure feedback is incorporated along every step, and TechCrunch Disrupt gave us the opportunity to get some incredible feedback.  Just as important, TechCrunch Disrupt allowed us to network with several potential partners.  “We had the opportunity to dig deeply into the specific design, platform architecture, and feature-rich functionality of <form.io> with numerous other software technology providers, and we identified many potential partners to work with in the future," says Travis Tidwell, CTO <form.io>.

Github Award Spotlights CTO's Commitment to Javascript | Sep 23, 2015 3:32:00 PM

We've shared before how seriously we take our commitment to the open source community.  The best software is made even better by community contributions, collaboration and feedback.  One of the more fun projects on Github, The Github Awards by vdaubry, spotlights top contributing developers.

Catalina wins BIG with Form.io | Sep 18, 2015 5:54:00 AM

Faster development times saved us thousands and allowed our team to get to market with record breaking speed! Without their platform we would face the same time consuming integration issues that keep our competition playing serious catch up!

PRESS RELEASE -  Launches At TechCrunch Disrupt 2015 | Sep 17, 2015 2:52:00 PM

<form.io> CTO, Travis Tidwell speaking at an industry conference.
<form.io> offers innovative development tool combining FORM and API creation into one easy step -- no coding required

DALLAS, Texas – Web 3.0 is here, and next generation applications are powering the modern world.  But application developers continue to be challenged by the new demands that come with them. An expanding universe of device interfaces, machine-to-machine communication, data sharing across 3rd-party platforms, and integrations into legacy systems all converge on the developer; requiring them to adopt fundamental changes in how applications are designed and built.

Angular U Presentation | Jun 25, 2015 3:56:00 PM

I gave this talk at Angular U in San Francisco.  I hope you enjoy!

The M.E.A.N Stack & the Rise of the Machines | Jun 24, 2015 3:45:00 PM

This is the talk I gave at the AngularU Conference.  

Angular.js with Drupal 8 | May 14, 2015 2:55:00 PM

In this talk from DrupalCon, I share my thoughts on the evolution of the web, how important Angular.js is to the Drupal community and walk you through building your first project with <form.io>.