What's the best way to create web pages nowadays?
I had the same background writing HTML sites. I recently have had to do a simple web entry db entry form. I used dreamweaver and I can’t tell you how impressed I am with it. It scalable with extensions, great support for db work. From what I have seen so far with it, it has taken about 90% of the grunt work out of writing html pages.
Dreamweaver MX2004 is the way to go. It had some serious performance issues until a free update came out a few months back. The "2004" version improves the CSS handling over the old "MX" version. I use it for PHP/MySQL pages, and find it great for building forms/queries/etc, but I tend to tweak and reorganize some of the auto generated code, such as where it stores db connection info.
FrontPage 2003 seems to create standards compliant HTML and CSS and stuff for me, but I can't say I care enough to make sure. Every time I've had to update a Dreamweaver site without a copy of Dreamweaver it's been a horror, so bear in mind the people who'll inherit your code (it amazes me the number of people who think it's really important to create valid XHTML 1.0/1.1 when no browser could care less, but who don't mind spewing out crap on the server side).
TopStyle - http://www.bradsoft.com/topstyle/
I've always used Notepad, NoteTab, TextPad, or more recently Eclipse for JSP, and I've always been typing it in by hand, along with liberal cutting and pasting.
TopStyle and UltraEdit32 are my weapons of choice.
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Max Belugin (http://belugin.newmail.ru)
I use EditPlus ( http://www.editplus.com/ ), the best text editor out there.
me, too. homesite.
Dreamweaver MX for what you are trying to do. Probably the latest version - 2004?.
Hmmm. The people complaining about Dreamweaver auto-generated code are missing the fact that whoever used Dreamweaver to create those files just used it wrong. I use Dreamweaver MX and I have tweaked the preferences (and not very much either) so that it does not rewrite my code, and the auto-generated HTML I get from the WYSIWYG editor is always just plain and simple HTML. No extra CSS, all tags are closed and even nicely indented. I have noticed also that you really just get what you ask for, or what you make it give you. If you want alt attributes, you must choose to put in an alt text for that image.
DW templates are pretty cool, but I never use them beyond a handful of pages before giving up on them. Just too much having to figure out how to get it to do what you want. But you can get it to produce clean code for templating if you can step back & try to figure out how to get it to do what you want, which isn't always easy.
oops, I hoped a TH and closed a TD, but you get the idea.
I have always used notepad but I'm not _entirely_ sure why. Am I a masochist or just overly controlling?
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