I am just starting PHP. Is DreamWeaver MX a good tool?
Posted 17 October 2003 - 05:33 PM
Will I be able to create complete web applications using Dreamweaver MX?
Posted 18 October 2003 - 07:22 PM
On the other hand, there\'s a lot to be said for hand coding too! You will probably find that most of the people on this forum use different editors, and most use more than one.
Lets look at your problem and attack it from there:
Your data is currently in Access and you want to port it over to MySQL. You don\'t mention what the current front end is: ASP or VBA Access - it does make a difference!
If your current front end is in ASP, there are tools available that will convert your ASP into (sort of) PHP. There will still be some tweaking to do, but it will save you a lot of time. If on the other hand the code is in VBA Access, then I\'d suggest you sit down with a stack of blank paper and start writing your requirements since you are going to have to recode it from the ground up.
In the former case (ASP), you could probably use notepad, but I\'d lean more towards a good editor such as HTMLKit (www.chami.com).
In the latter case, you should probably go with dreamweaver since it will help to maintain continuity between the pages.
The final choice is yours to make - there are many posts in this forum comparing the worths of different editors, take a browse through and you will find 400 different opinions!
Posted 20 October 2003 - 09:02 PM
dreamweaver can be a great tool, i use dreamweaver and zend studios, but try to do the actual scripting yourself, it will make you life easier...i use dreamweaver for ease of layout with graphics and my overall layouts of websites, it makes my life easier there, but they lack in language support and write bulky code for you.
I will press F10 and type all my PHP by hand, becuase i need it a certain way and dreamweaver can\'t do that for me. I use for the color coding though....
If i am just writing pure php with no intergration of HTML i will use zend studios, i just love that program...
but in short, download a trial copy from http://www.macromedia.com and see for yourself...
If you don\'t like an option or need something, you can go hack it yourself, they give you access to all the files....very nice of them to do so...
Posted 27 November 2003 - 07:06 AM
I have some programmers coding an application for me, but the interface is killing me. I know DWmx but not PHP and MySql very well. Im asking them to redesing it or program it to work inside specific DW templates, this way i can keep the usablity ....usable.
Any advice our knowledge would be helpful.
Posted 30 November 2003 - 04:09 AM
Posted 30 November 2003 - 10:42 AM
Posted 09 December 2003 - 02:27 PM
if you don\'t like using things like notepad then I\'d recommend Zend or DW to do the coding, as they take over a lot of things for you (formatting, colouring etc.).
It\'s down to you really.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 02:58 AM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:55 PM
Posted 18 December 2003 - 06:22 PM
but when it comes to Database backend design, there\'s one thing i\'ve learned, DW does not like people manipulating its code.
You either have to do everything on your site the DW way, or hand code everything yourself.. because as soon as you try to modify DW\'s code, it\'ll just blow up on you. I\'m not saying don\'t use DW, i\'m just saying.. Be careful. And one tip, if a page does blow up on your after you modify it yourself.. your best bet is to scrap that particular page, and start over..
As for PHP Editors.. the ones I like most, with syntax highlighting and a functions list, and all kinds of other features are:
http://www.ankord.com/phpxedit.html <-- very nice!
Posted 26 December 2003 - 09:10 PM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:41 PM
Then, once you get a handle on things you will find that you will need to hand-code quite a bit to make things perfect.
Dreamweaver is not the ultimate PHP development tool but I don't think any ONE tool is. It got me started and I still use it for 70-80% of the coding I need. But my requirements are pretty basic.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 02:33 AM
Posted 16 January 2004 - 04:37 PM
I usually start with DW to make the HTML shell so it lays out nicely (which it is quick at) and sometimes some of the basic PHP code than handcode the rest. I've been using Dreamweaver mostly as of late (I used GoLive for years) because it does have some decent PHP support and doesnt mess with my hand coding if I use it to edit the pages (well, usually it doesnt). It's my hopes that Macromedia will improve the capabilites of Dreamweaver in the future, but of course only time will tell
Posted 29 January 2004 - 04:55 AM
i would use Komodo LIVE error checking (if you have php installed) :-)
Posted 30 January 2004 - 12:40 AM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 04:23 PM
One: It has poor support for php though people are knocking out some reasonable extetions to help you.
Two: It hates anything other than code written to its own protocols.
Three: It screws up with any folders you move into your site folder outside the program, and goes into a timeless checking mode if using version 6.0, yet lacks any option to import a folder, onlysingle files.
Also when working with anything imported Dreamweaverfails to recognise anyof the associated connection scripts. Create a new connection with connection name==connection name of your imported script and copy and spurious code from existing into new connection script. This way dreamweaver gets to keep its own little conection script yet you the user made Dreamweaver "AAAVVV IT" !!
Posted 02 February 2004 - 05:14 PM
If you want to learn to code. use handcoding. There is no substitute.
If you want to stuff around, use dreamweaver but you will never learn to code and you will just end up asking stupid questions on this forum like, 'Why doesn't this code work?'.
Posted 15 February 2004 - 04:33 AM
My biggest complaint with DW MX though is just how long it takes to launch.
The code rewiting just needs to be turned off.
Overall it is good for average users. Advanced programmers don't want all the fluff and beginners just get themselves into trouble with it.
"What do you mean you can't see the pictures, it works on my computer?"
<img src=file://...> duh???
Learn to code by hand first, then it just doesn't matter what you use.
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