ok another quick question. I have dreamweaver 8 on my laptop, a friend suggested it after I decided to build my own website. I also purchased the site point book "building your own website the right way..etc" which i learned in the first few pages that all i need to build a website with is a text editor, a browser and an FTP client. So what the heck is dreamweaver for? I should've waited on getting it but too late, now I'm debating on deleting it.
If you already have it, and it isn't eating up your HD space, don't delete it. But don't rely on it. It's a design tool, nothing more. I don't have DW, but if I did, I'd still code in either Notepad++ or perhaps DW's code editor (I'm fond of the now-obsolete HomeSite, which used to be DW's code editor), and not rely at all on the shiny WYSIWYG thingy.
Dreamweaver is a really useful tool when you're starting out in web development, it can take a lot of hard work out of building a website. I learnt html and css though experimenting with Dreamweaver adding basic elements and as I progressed I switched to code view. I wouldn't relay on it, you really need to look at the code to get the site just right! I'd keep it or maybe upgrade to CS5, you will learn at a faster rate.
using Dreamweaver with a book called "Building your own website the right way".....
hmmmmm is that a contradiction in terms?
if I had to delete 1 or the other, I would get rid of DW and keep the book.
if you're just starting out, my recommendation would be to learn at least the basics of html and css by hand coding in a text editor. then if you really, really want to, have a play with a wysiwyg type application like DW.
I have to agree with most comments made before me. I.m.o, has Dreamweaver advantages as well as disadvantages. For someone just starting out with design, one of the advantages is the option to switch between code, split and design view. Which give you the opportunity to see what your doing, when not sure. One of the disadvantages, are the way to much build in behaviors.
So like, Kalon before me, I would say keep DW for the learning process. If you decide to keep using it, avoid using those build in behaviors and use it, as Black Max already opted, as a Code Editor.
I have started using DW just recently and I'm completely new to the website design. What I figured, is that using DW as a beginner I swithed to the html mode and use the design view just to see the results. In this way I am getting familiar with the hand-coding and I don't get into the programs functions. Later, however I'm hopoing to explore DW more.
There was once a time where I would have said that using Dreamweaver wasn't such a bad thing, simply because you can set it up to deploy your pages onto your server through FTP easily, can preview pages and can provide auto-completion.
However, today we're blessed with tools like Firebug and Git, two tools that take away many of the benefits a "HTML IDE" could ever really provide. I typically write any HTML either through VS2010 if I'm working with ASP.NET or through Notepad++, and deploy my entire project through a cloned Git repository, preferably to a development/test server first.