By Andrew Gardner

Your New PHP Editor: Expression Web 3

By Andrew Gardner

Expression Web 3Thought visual editors were a thing of the past? Well think again. The Expression Web 3 visual development environment is breaking the stereotype that it’s just a client-side or ASP.NET coding tool, and aiming to establish itself as a very good tool for writing PHP as well.

In our latest tutorial, Expression Web 3 – Your New PHP Tool Kit SitePoint Community Leader Raena Jackson-Armitage takes the latest version of Microsoft’s web development toolkit for a spin.

By creating a simple form, Raena will show you how Expression Web 3 is equipped to handle PHP. In the process, you’ll learn how to visually edit the pages, create clean markup with the code completion tools, and import graphics from Photoshop. By the end of the tutorial, Raena will have well and truly put Expression Web’s promise of an intuitive and helpful Web development experience to the test.

As well as checking out cool features like being able to compare your web page appearance in Internet Explorer 6 through 8, and Firefox, you’ll see how Expression Web 3 differs from FrontPage.

A big thank you to Microsoft for sponsoring our quiz. Why not give it a go and see if Expression Web 3 can make your life easier when it comes to PHP?

Article: Expression Web 3 – Your New PHP Tool Kit
Quiz: Expression Web 3 Quiz

  • Grant

    not available for Mac, so no use…

  • FatMike

    Why even buy/use commercial php editor when there´s Eclipse based Aptana Studio or even Eclipse itself (with PDT) + its cross platform. Just my personal opinion, cuz i still don´t get it :)

  • I just finished reading Raena’s writeup and there are some compelling reasons why I would use a tool like this when building web front ends.

    Two features according to the article I find quite compelling in the comparison tools…. Onion skinning the web page over top of the original design comp PSD file and pulling PSD layers out of a Photoshop file without having to fire up the application that eats up another 800MB of Ram. I wish I could do that with any of my regular tools.

    Also, the automation of CSS stylesheets based on the styles that you’re writing in the current document. I often start writing a front end by creating a bunch of containers and then write up the stylesheet rules in the mockup page… Once I’m happy with it, I’ll drag my styles into an external stylesheet and work on navigational elements and more sophisticated bits… That would be very cool to at least automate the moving of styles to an external sheet.

    I also like intellisense but Eclipse/Aptana have that too.

  • SSJ

    Yep I have same things in my mind as previously told by another guys here.
    1. Mac version is not available
    2. Why to purchase commercial editions where we have a very strong editor like Eclipse available freely?? Also I personally love the Dreamweaver much though it is commercial :)

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