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    SitePoint Addict AHMED's Avatar
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    Red face dream weaver is it a smart choice ?????

    hi all
    im back i used dreamweaver 4 awhile and found it so nice
    is it really the best choice 4 php and js ??
    and what about the languge support in it ??
    so any resources about it ?????????

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    The "best choice" is whatever fits your requirements best

    That said, if you're doing serious PHP/JS work I wouldn't recommend just using Dreamweaver. Get yourself a decent text editor as well. Some quite good ones can be had free, and some very good ones can be had for the huge sum of $25
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    I think Dreamweaver's claim to fame is that it has one of the most honest interpretations of how your page will look in a browser. I've found GoLive to be faster in terms of putting pages together but (and I'm talking about GoLive 5 here) I've grown used to pages that look good in GoLive breaking apart in the browser. I've heard that Dreamweaver generally produces stronger javascript as well.

    I'll second hillsy's comment, I use BBedit on my machine for PHP because (amongst other things) it recognizes built-in PHP functions and has better color coding than Dreamweaver MX.

    However, if you want an all-in-one package that can help you design fancy graphic pages and do code Dreamweaver is probably the strongest choice.

    Coding is the sort of thing where one feature can make or break the application. For example, BBedit can run or syntax check a Perl script without me having to save a file or go the the command line. If I'm working on Perl for a few hours that feature alone can save me a number of minutes.

    Anyway, Dreamweaver, as well as many other html/coding apps, have 30 day trials. Check them out for yourself!
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    I think notepad is just as great Old Sk00L

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    I prefer notepad for writeing any code (Cfm, Asp etc.) Dreamweaver is good for html but other then that I find it clunky and wasteing my ram.
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    thanx all

    thanx all i will really check the 30 days
    but ........ mr samsm from where can i get BBedit??

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    I have a question of Dreamweaver and PHP, having never used DW. How does Dreamweaver go about encouraging developers to seperate presentation from logic? My suspicion is it encourages template like solutions...

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    If you use a style where you jump in and out of php, the php shows up as little icons on the graphic representation of the page and the html still graphically makes sense. If you are using echos and prints, those will be missing.

    I've been trying out Dreamweaver MX and I'm dissapointed by a number of things. I can't apply a CSS style to a block of php for example. Stuff like that.

    Anyway, I haven't been using Dreamweaver MX all that much so I'm probably not the best person to critique it.
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    Thanks for the info anyway. Just as a further matter of interest, has anyone tried the PHAkt GPL extension for Dreamweaver? See: http://www.interakt.ro/products/catlist.php?id_pct=2

    The way I read it, it allows Dreamweaver to actually run the code...

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    Harry,
    >>> How does Dreamweaver go about encouraging developers to
    >>> seperate presentation from logic?
    >>> My suspicion is it encourages template like solutions...
    Could you be more specific doing some examples,
    I'm interested about what you are saying

    I have installed DMMX at home, I have 10days before the demo expired.
    To developed my php classes I use multiedit,
    I'm comfortable with it because I'm using it to develop my C applications.

    I installed DMMX to design my html/php template pages which will contain something like:
    $Helper->getPageTitle(), etc

    I'm not going to use the extension you talked about.

    Thanks for your inputs.


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    i tried dreamweaverMX, but it runs like a full screen java applet on my laptop.

    i mostly use cfstudio5, which actually has pretty good php and javascript support too.

    what harry's talking about is application architecture....which i've never seen done well in a wysiwyg. i'm curious if anyone has *******ized dreamweaver into using their own methodology...it must be possible. but probably a waste of time.


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