Archive for July, 2007

A Second Look at Dreamweaver

Now that Dreamweaver’s in it’s 9th incarnation, I was reflecting during the CS3 launch on how far it’s come since version 1.0. But despite the progress, it seems that some people’s perception of Dreamweaver may still be stuck back in those 1.0 days- particularly as it relates to Dreamweaver as a ‘serious’ development tool. With Ajax representing a new resurgence in Javascript development (and providing a neat new buzzword to replace the hated ‘DHTML’ curse), there’s a lot more technical folks working in the HTML/CSS space writing Javascript these days.
This week the subject came up again- Dion Almaer of Ajaxian posted an article titled “Dreamweaver for Ajax… should we take it serious again?” Dion was prompted to post after his surprise at Ajax development shop Nitobi releasing extensions for Dreamweaver, including a poll to see how many of Ajaxian’s readers were using Dreamweaver for Ajax development . And I have to admit- I ended up a bit surprised too. 22 percent of the respondents (at the time of this writing) used Dreamweaver as their primary development tool. This came in third behind Eclipse-based editors (24%) and bare-bones text editors like TextMate, BBEdit and TextPad (41%). For a highly technical crowd, that’s a pretty darn good showing.
The comments that accompanied the Ajaxian article and poll were equally interesting. Whereas there were the expected zealots bashing ‘WYSIWYG editors’ in general and Dreamweaver in particular, there was also an equally strong showing of people ‘coming out of the closet’, so to speak- and using Dreamweaver in a variety of points in their workflow Which personally, I find answers Dion’s question rather definitively. If you’ve dismissed Dreamweaver in the past due to it’s prior shortcomings (or for the percieved street cred of a stripped down text editor), it’s definitely time to take a second look.
You might also be pleasantly surprised.

Highlighting great web sites built with Dreamweaver

Have you built a great web site with Dreamweaver or other Adobe products? If so, make sure you enter it for the MAX Awards! The MAX Awards are the awards given out at the MAX conference that recognize the best of the best uses of Adobe software for creating engaging experiences. Submissions fall into seven categories: Advertising and Branding, Communication and Collaboration, Enterprise, Mobility and Devices, Public Sector, Rich Internet Applications, and Video. The top two finalists in each category are invited to MAX to showcase their projects to all the MAX attendees. The Awards are great way to get additional exposure for projects you have completed for your own company or for a client.
The deadline for submissions is August 3, 2007 so make sure you visit the submission site soon.

New article on “Exchanging data using the Spry framework for Ajax and PHP”

On Monday, we published a new article in the Dreamweaver Developer Center by Adobe Community Expert, Günter Schenk. Günter takes you through a technique he developed to create a dynamic image gallery in Dreamweaver CS3 by retrieving images from a directory and generating XML data on the fly. In addition to using the Spry framework for Ajax, Günter walks readers through some intermediate-level PHP scripts. He also provides the source code for the application so you can upload it to your PHP-enabled site and see it working.
You can find it here:

Stay tuned Dreamweavers. Next week we’re publishing a Spry case study by resident Spry expert “Donweaver” Booth.
George Fox
Adobe Developer Center

New Developer Center tutorial on “Setting up a PHP development environment for Dreamweaver”

Hi Dreamweavers,
I am one of the editors for the Adobe Developer Center. I wanted to let you know that on Monday we published a new tutorial on the Dreamweaver Developer Center on Setting up a PHP development environment for Dreamweaver. The author is Adobe’s own Charles Nadeau. Charles is the Editorial Manager for Dreamweaver documentation. If you’re interested in getting started developing PHP applications with Dreamweaver, this tutorial is a great place to start. You can find it here:
I’ve been watching the Dreamweaver Developer Center’s site traffic and people are all over PHP tutorials and articles, so I will be working on getting more PHP articles and tutorials out there for you. Keep checking back for updates. We publish new content every Monday afternoon PST.

George Fox
Adobe Developer Center