Would DreamWeaver help a novice?

Hi Folks,

I’m trying to build a website, but due to time constraints it’s taking ages to manually do the coding. I would like to ask if Adobe DreamWeaver would help me ? I would like to be able to put the site together WYSIWYG style, dragging elements onto the page etc. but still stay with good practice. :wink:

Help and Advice is much appreciated.
Nictu.

Yes it would help.

It would be worth checking your codeing before you publish etc. though.

Eg. when you are entering text, if you press enter, dreamweaver will start a new paragraph as opposed to giving you a <br />. - just 1 example.

Many thanks wright67uk.

Nictu

If you are a novice to HTML and CSS, then no, Dreamweaver will not help you anymore than any other text editor/IDE, unless you use the visual editor which is highly counter productive when you have no idea what you’re doing.

You say it takes a long time doing things manually. Well, they should since you are a beginner. I can’t go and seat myself in front of the piano for the first time and expect to play like Liszt.

In other words, if you want to learn anything, don’t use a WYSIWYG, and have patience.

Web development is a cognitive process that no computer can replicate. Computers can’t think so anything outside of a mechanical decision extends the bounds of a computers capabilities. In that respect using a WYSIWYG editor is bad practice because a computer is not capable of the cognitive process required to write code. Computers follow orders well but do not think which is were the need for the human cognitive process will always be needed to some extent.

Its not about tool like dreamweaver will help you. Dreamweaver is easy to go tool. It is best tool to start with. But all you need to understand the basic html tags. For example you must learn how table is form. How basic control like textbox,combo box, radio button and many other control works? There some good sites online which you can look for. Even you can go for microsoft frontpage or even look for w3schools for online tutorial.

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Web development is a cognitive process that no computer can replicate. Computers can’t think so anything outside of a mechanical decision extends the bounds of a computers capabilities. In that respect using a WYSIWYG editor is bad practice because a computer is not capable of the cognitive process required to write code. Asking a computer to think is like asking a dog to talk.

Depends which version you’ve got. CS3 used its own rendering engine which wasn’t actually used by any real browsers so sites created in design view which looked fine in Dreamweaver would often turn out all wrong in real browsers. CS4 uses Safari as its rendering engine but I haven’t used it so can’t speak for how accurate it is and also you’ll probably still run into problems with your layout not looking right in IE which can only really be fixed by knowledge and experience.

Go to this site called Lynda , they have nice video tutorial to learn Dreamweaver . I learnt Adobe Illustrator through that site . Worth a look

Thanks to everybody for the replies. I had originally been manually coding and slowly learning by using the book “Build Your Own Website The Right Way” which has been and invaluable beginner book. By the way the editor I started using was an application called PSPad. Which I thought was very good too. I will stick with these tools, as after your comments and a little further research I don’t think DreamWeaver would be all that useful at this time.

Many Thanks again,
Nictu.