Dreamweaver MX 2004 for ColdFusion Developers

I’ve seen some comments out there about Dreamweaver MX 2004 not offering ColdFusion developers any new features. It’s true that a great deal of emphasis for this release was placed on CSS support and designer tools, but aren’t these features just as important to ColdFusion developers as they are to anyone else? Anyone who uses ColdFusion should be looking very seriously at CSS, if not already using it full time. As far as I’m concerned, features that are good for web development in general are good for ColdFusion developers.

There are several other features that I think are huge wins for ColdFusion developers. Although I haven’t had time to really familiarize myself with Dreamweaver MX 2004 yet, as I read through the list of new features, the following really caught my attention:

  • Siteless file editing (thank you!)
  • Keyboard shortcuts for snippets
  • CSS support (including CSS code hints and cross-browser validation)
  • Secure FTP
  • Built-in graphics editor (very cool!)
  • Right-click coder tools

And finally, if you try Dreamweaver MX 2004 and still think it just isn’t for you, it comes with a new version of Homesite+!