The 8.5 release of IBM Forms Experience Builder (FEB) is now available. This FEB Teck Talk reviews the exciting new features in v8.5 that allow forms to be quickly created and fully integrated into enterprise web platforms.
It is simpler than ever to included web forms in WebSphere Portal applications. Capabilities of the Forms Experience Portlet has been expanded to allow multiple forms to appear in a single portal page, complete with portal wires for moving form data between portlets. One can now quickly create pre-configured instances of form-based web applications for use with Portal Page Builder. Also, it is now possible to build sophisticated portal applications by embedding a form or survey results into rich text using iFrames. One does not have to write any code to create a power portal experience that includes web forms, it is all done by setting a few configuration parameters.
One important highlight of this release is the enablement of community surveys in IBM Connections. One can now build social surveys with FEB and add the survey as a natural part of a community page
. With IBM Connections v4.5, survey widgets are now available that display either a list of active community surveys or a single form within a community page. Using surveys within communities help businesses engage more efficiently and cost-effectively in social networks.
Forms created with Forms Experience Builder collect structured data which is an important part of delivering a dynamic web experience. New product features that make this easier are:
◦ Rules editor that now supports more than one action per rule
◦ New slider and line form items
◦ Form item layout and usability improvements
◦ Append custom CSS files to form themes
◦ REST APIs that help automate the deployment of web form applications
◦ Generation tool that creates service definitions from WSDL definitions
◦ Simple installation and manage using IBM Installation Manager
◦ Web browser and operating system updates
Forms Experience Builder is the newest addition to the IBM Forms product suite and is now sold separately from IBM Forms Server.
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