This is more or less a poll in essence. I am wanting to see the general consensus about using Dreamweaver as a text editor (considering the target audience from css-tricks is mainly front and back end web development).
When i started to learn html and css there were other students in class that were using Dreamweaver and my teacher had told us just to use notepad (i cheated and used notepad ++ because of my eyes). He said Dreamweaver makes you lazy, would you agree?
I personally still use good ol notepad++ for my web and java stuff but i have installed a testing server for my php and was debating trying Dreamweaver just from the things i have read about site management etc.
BTW: i am just interested in trying Dreamweaver, too broke to purchase and don’t want to steal from my soon to be industry brothers by pirating :)
I’m sure your prof told you that because people will go into ‘Design’ view and just drag stuff around. As an editor, DW is actually quite good, but it’s too expensive for what you get.
If you’re on a Mac, you have options like Coda, Textmate and Sublime Text 2. If you’re on Windows, my vote would go to Sublime Text 2.
All of those things are cheaper*, more light-weight and efficient.
*I didn’t look up all of the prices, but that’s a solid assumption
I am a windows user, i did check out that Sublime Text 2, seems similar to notepad ++ but i honestly havent looked into too much. Not yet at least. I had tutored another student on html, previous Dreamweaver user, and he did not know how to link a style sheet so i would agree that it seems that it makes things too easy.
Thanks for the reference with that text editor, i enjoy light weight and simple.
Just to follow suite…
0 – Dreamweaver
2 – Not Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver has some powerful file handling options that alot of code editors don’t get. For example, if you move a .html doc to a different directory within DW, it will automatically change the links throughout your entire site to point to that new location. Also you can make library items that allow you to do site-wide changes with a single edit. These things can be invaluable if your working with a 50 or more page site. I will note, the design view of dreamweaver, where supposedly you can click and drag stuff around to make websites without knowing code…. well thats completely SCi-Fi. U cant make anything good that way.
If your website is really big…
2 – Dreamweaver (absolutely!)
3 – Not Dreamweaver
If your website is NOT really big…
1 – Dreamweaver
4 – Not Dreamweaver
Sorry….I think this is coming at it from the wrong angle.
“I am wanting to see the general consensus about using Dreamweaver as a text editor”.
DW should not be voted on just as a text editor alone because it’s a whole lot more than that and, as others have said, there are cheaper (and arguably better) stand alone options out there.
You’re not comparing apples with apples. You’re comparing an apple (not DW) with a whole bowl of fruit.
I am wondering, a lynda.com tutorial i have seen before, someone using Dreamweaver was able to ftp from Dreamweaver and upload and refresh files that way, live.
@TheDoc, i notice a lot of people speak of Coda, i am a Windows user, is Coda Mac specific?
Currently switching between notepad++ and Sublime Text 2 (i have my stylesheet open in sublime and my html in notepad) just trying to test the field :)
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