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    Question Tools of the Trade

    As a pro web developer for about 7 years now, I've found that I've become comfortable with certain software. I'm looking into staffing my business in the next few months and I'm iffy about where to go with what software I should implement.

    I've hated Dreamweaver since I graduated to handcoding years ago. Gripes are the re-writing of code, general laziness that it gives coders and also those damn _vti_cnf and _notes folders it tacks on.

    But its become apparent that most people are comfortable with Dreamweaver (though i hate the idea of policing junior programmers from using it in Design mode), it has good support for group use and customization and that I should just suck it up and go the Dreamweaver route.

    Anyhow, just wanted to see what other people are using these days, and if there are still any Dreamweaver haters out there.

    What I've got going on:

    OS: Windows XP Pro SP 2
    HTML / Code Editor: Homesite 5.5 (the last version, sigh...)
    Graphics / Slicing: Photoshop CS 2 & ImageReady (yea, no fireworks)
    FTP: SmartFTP 2.0
    Browser: Firefox loaded with IE tab & FireBug

    Any suggestions? I'm all about OpenSource...

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    SitePoint Addict CaryD's Avatar
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    These two threads may be helpful:

    Text Editors

    List of software for webdevelopment stages

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    If you're paying, why should you be the one to suck it up?

    If the potential web developer can't do by hand, how can they understand what the tool is doing? I would not be calling them programmers by any stretch of the imagination.

    I am partial to PFE, Professional File Editor, unfortunately it is no longer maintained by the original author, although it is still freely available.

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    OS: Windows XP Home
    HTML / Code Editor: NotePad2
    Graphics / Slicing: I'm no designer, but if I need to I use Flash MX 2004 just because I like how easy it is to make stuff line up. I do have photoshop 7 and fireworks installed though
    FTP: FileZilla
    Browser: Firefox loaded with IE tab, FireBug, WebDev toolbar, MeasureIt & ColorPicker
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    SitePoint Member mangrova's Avatar
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    OS: Ubuntu Linux (KDE version)
    HTML / Code Editor: Zend Editor/EditpadPro(Linux Version)/Quanta
    Graphics / Slicing: the GIMP/Inkscape
    FTP: IglooFTP
    Browser: Firefox

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    Thinking of hardware.

    I'm a "web manager" for a small educational institution. I do the day-to-day stuff, Content Management and occasionally some development. I use Homesite 5.0 on Windows XP.

    We farm out major web upgrades. The most recent upgrade was done by a development group that used Macbook Pro computers. I was really impressed by what they do. Anyone out there have good words for switching hardware from a PC with Windows to a Macbook pro?
    Paul C.
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    I think hand coding is the way to go instead o Dreamweaver.

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    OS: Windows XP Pro SP 2
    HTML / Code Editor: Dreamweaver for managing sites / EditPlus
    Graphics / Slicing: Photoshop CS 2
    FTP: SmartFTP 2.0 / FireFTP
    Browser: Firefox loaded with IE tab & FireBug
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    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
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    OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
    Code Editor: win32pad (latest version has a bug, grab the one before that)
    Graphics/Slicing: Photoshop 7 (will be purchasing new software when I get a new PC)
    FTP: FileZilla
    Browser: Anything made in this century (I'm not kidding).


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