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Dreamweaver? Good Or Bad?

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Dreamweaver is great if you do extensive coding in HTML< PHP< Javascript etc. It has plenty of features to help web developers speed up their coding process and keep the project on track. However if you use CMS like Wordpress, Joomla to create your websites then you you don't need Dreamweaver at all. I use Notepad++, Textpad for all my coding jobs and I don't miss Dreamweaver, Frontpage etc. which I have used a lot in the past.

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I prefer Scintilla (SciTE) over Notepad++ (even though that has the SciTE engine or what ever), but that's only because SciTE highlights vbscript better than Notepad++.

 

Never used this but Im open to anything. Gotta admit I do like notepad++ for the plugins though

 

Wouldnt use dreamweaver. Have aways seen that as a designers tool, not a developers tool.

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Like others in this article I used Dreamweaver as a kid when I was new to HTML and couldn't figure out a simple table tag. But now when I'm a bit more serious with my web development it is not really an option. I use Notepad++ VisualStudio 2010 and NetBeans. Have tried Aptana Studio as well with a few others.

 

I would not recommend Dreamweaver to anyone, not even if you are a beginner.

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Like others in this article I used Dreamweaver as a kid when I was new to HTML and couldn't figure out a simple table tag. But now when I'm a bit more serious with my web development it is not really an option. I use Notepad++ VisualStudio 2010 and NetBeans. Have tried Aptana Studio as well with a few others.

 

I would not recommend Dreamweaver to anyone, not even if you are a beginner.

 

I use Notepad++, but one thing Dreamweaver does do is it can point out syntax issues before you test the file. It may even save some time while coding. I'm just too stuck in my ways to give it another try.

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I use Notepad++, but one thing Dreamweaver does do is it can point out syntax issues before you test the file. It may even save some time while coding. I'm just too stuck in my ways to give it another try.

 

as gaifboy mentioned, try visualstudio for some stuff such as html and javascript. If you like something which points stuff out as you go along, visual studio shouts it from the rooftops LOL.

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Using Dreamweaver doesn't mean you don't know how to code HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and other languages. It's a tool for people who know these languages - it's not a kids program to make up for a lack of knowledge of them. I know some people love to endlessly wax poetic about the virtues of only using Notepad, but honestly it's more about convenience and organization to use a tool such as Dreamweaver vs. not. It's kind of like saying that you prefer to use Post It notes for everything instead of buying a ledger or a calendar or a notebook.

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Ughh Dreamweaver used it a lot before really hate it because of how annoying it is and how it codes everything. I'd rather code everything by my self so I know what is what and which is which so when I go back to my code I can know what to edit and what not to.

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For example, if you needed to do a batch search for some lines of code through several hundred files, good luck accomplishing that with Notepad - in Dreamweaver it can be done in several seconds. It also has tools to simulate your web page in a variety of desktop and mobile devices, can't do that in Notepad either. It has FTP and file management tools to publish your site directly from within it, can't do that with Notepad. It has pre built templates for responsive Grids that you can customize which gives you a solid head start on projects, in Notepad you would have to write that all from scratch each time.

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Well, the first thing - for me, Dreamweaver is costly and as such I cannot afford it. I have used it where I used to train students on website development and as a trainer, I feel that this is not a good application. I mean, when you are learning the codes, if the application prompts you with the applicable attributes, properties etc, you start to cheat and use the assistant rather than use your own skills.

 

That said, for application developers, I think it is useful as many things are accessible easily and without much effort. But such features are available on many other apps too which are almost free. I have been using NetBeans for PHP for years now and this is completely free. It comes up with good support for Documenting, assistance during coding and syntax highlighting. Yes, agreed, it is not 100% perfect, but then it bundles too many things for FREE. :)

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For example, if you needed to do a batch search for some lines of code through several hundred files, good luck accomplishing that with Notepad - in Dreamweaver it can be done in several seconds. It also has tools to simulate your web page in a variety of desktop and mobile devices, can't do that in Notepad either. It has FTP and file management tools to publish your site directly from within it, can't do that with Notepad. It has pre built templates for responsive Grids that you can customize which gives you a solid head start on projects, in Notepad you would have to write that all from scratch each time.

 

Except for the predefined templates, you can do all of that in Notepad++ or any other decent text editor.

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Don't like dreamweaver. I have it in my laptop and never opened it though. I rather code with notepad++ so that I'll know the source code in and out.. With dreamweaver, they're precoded so you will be like looking at your codes when you need something done..

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We used it in school before we started with HTML and CSS but for me that made no sense. It didn't teach me anything about coding, but if you already can code it's not a bad tool. It can speed up some coding work but I usually use sublime text 2 anyways, because I'm just more used to it. It's also a great tool for people who don't want to learn to code but need to make a website without much effort.

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From my personal experience dreamweaver is a great tool and i see many people bashing it here which i dont think they should.

 

If you are experienced enough in web development to know why you are doing, dreamweaver is a great tool to use as it allows for rapid website development, in dreamweaver im able to quickly build create and test my websites while coding it all myself, i dont need to use any drag and drop components i just code it all myself and get a real time visual updates on what my code is doing and if i need to modify it.

 

It increases my workflow dramatically compared to using notepad or notepad ++ which saves me a lot of time :)

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I would not waste my money, if you look around on the web you will see tons of websites built off of wordpress. Even businesses are using wordpress as the foundation for their website. All you really need is a good skin and you are off to the races. http://www.andyspizzaandsubs.com/ is running wordpress with a custom theme and you can not even tell.

 

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I really liked Dreamweaver and Fireworks back when they were developed by Macromedia.  Something happened when Adobe took over and the interface changed and they started adding their own code in to every new page the software created.  I still use Fireworks 8 to this day; I haven't upgraded to Adobe's version because I just don't like it.

 

I use Notepad++ on Windows and Sublime Text on Linux/BSD, which is similar to how I used to code when I was in high school.  I went from a plaintext notepad to WYSIWYG, then back to an improved notepad.  

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