Archive for January, 2008

Ajax Framework Love for Dreamweaver

If you’ve been using Dreamweaver for Ajax work recently, you may have been underwhelmed with DW’s current code-level support for common JS frameworks and libs. Should that be the case, you’ll want to be praising LA developer (and old-skool Dreamweaver kung-fu master) Chris Charlton postehaste for releasing two DW extensions to enable support for Prototype.js and JQuery into Dreamweaver (MX through CS3).

You can get hold of the beta releases and view example screencasts at Chris’ site – xtnd.us – and make sure to send him some love for really kicking tail on these extensions. If you’re interested in MooTools and/or YUI support, he’s taking requests – and it also appears that a Mochikit extension is in the works as we speak.

Although Chris has noted an ExtJS extension is current on hold at the xtnd.us site linked above, it may be (as noted in the comment threads here at Ajaxian) due to the fact that a Windows ExtJS extension for Dreamweaver MX 2004 was built out by the Spket folks, which they’re planning to port up to CS3 soon.

Chris: here’s a virtual high-five from the DW team for your innate coolness in jumping on this project so quickly for DW developers worldwide. We’ve got some plans in the works in these regards ourselves, but this is a solution that the DW/Ajax development community can use right now, today. Hot damn. You rock, my man.

WebAssist Dreamweaver Tools for kuler

A cool new free extension for Dreamweaver was released by WebAssist today- the Dreamweaver Tools for kuler (kuler being, of course, Adobe’s web application/service for exploring and creating color themes at kuler.adobe.com). Search for specific themes, colors, or just explore the most recent, most popular and highest ranked color themes directly from Dreamweaver- then sample them directly into your active page/site/application project. Nice!

And in case I wasn’t direct enough… this extension is a free download, no less. Go get it!