Better, cheaper solutions exist!
The short review - This product should cost $20 at most, and be used only by non-WebDevelopers that need a quick and dirty application. If you're a web-developer, there are many other better and cheaper solutions out there. You really should look elsewhere for web accessible database solutions using PHP.
This product is only useful for people that are not web developers. It’s priced way too high for the limited customization it provides.
The code is messy to try and customize. Once pages are customized, PHPRunner will fail to update the pages (like if you’ve added a column to your database). You have to end up resetting the entire page and starting from scratch.
The code is all over the place, splitting things between PHP, Smarty and their own hand-written script language that has no good documentation.
Updates to the product few and far between and when updates to come out, bugs remain broken and promised features remain unimplemented.
Contrary to their marketing, the Wizard interface is very restrictive and not friendly to navigation. There are not many built-in configuration options and the options that do exist are confusing as to their meaning (if the customization options were so good, when you read the forums, why do the answers from the developers want you to hack this code, hack that code, “oh you can’t do that their, you need to add an event to do that”.
The built-in code editors have NO features. You can’t search or even replace, within a single event, let alone a global search and replace in all Events (which means just writte your code externally to PHPRunner and then have PHPRunner events call your own functions).
Author: Tom Ince on Wednesday, November 5, 2008
PHP Runner is Awesome!
I use PHP Runner almost exclusively now for PHP / MySQL Development. The time that it saves is phenomenal and it's intuitive enough that a newbie with very little PHP / MySQL experience can create their first project in just a few minutes.
Author: Cotton Rohrscheib on Saturday, September 29, 2007