November 6, 2009
Once and a while I use an email question as the basis of a blog post. This time, someone wanted to know about Dreamweaver and PHP:
I am looking to get some videos on using Dreamweaver cs4 creating dynamic sites with PHP and MYSQL, do you have any videos on this using the drag and drop features etc with some code writing also?
The short answer:
Dreamweaver‘s drag and drop features are very brittle. I was a beta
tester for DW CS4 and the programmers themselves told me that they would
be looking to trash it for the next version of Dreamweaver – they knew
it was a mess.
… It can be used for simple things (and prototyping), but the code is so messy and
convoluted, that any changes that you will probably have to make to
your project could be a nightmare. You are much better off learning PHP
and using Dreamweaver as a PHP code editor … and it’s pretty good at that.
In my basic course on PHP, I use Dreamweaver as the code editor and I
touch on in as far as how Dreamweaver can be used to write PHP code. You
can see a bunch of sample videos here: http://www.killerphp.com/videos/
Let me know if this helps,
November 25, 2008
I just released a new set of Dreamweaver video tutorials that cover Dreamweaver CS3 and CS4. You can find them here:
For these videos, I’ve upgraded both the video and sound quality … and I had to invest to make this happen. So I hope you guys will see and hear the difference!
The video course runs a total of about 7 hours, spanning over 30 videos.
September 29, 2008
I just released a new video tutorial that introduces the new CSS option in the properties panel.
In a nutshell, Dreamweaver CS4 has made it even easier to add and modify CSS code in your web pages.
You can view my growing collection of Dreamweaver CS4 in the Dreamweaver section of killersites.com.
PS: Firefox on the Mac sucks bad.
September 18, 2008
I wanted to announce that I just released a 6 page article on Dreamweaver CS4 … concentrating on it’s PHP and database features.
Check it out: Dreamweaver CS4 Introduction to the PHP toolset.
I also plan on creating a bunch of supporting dreamweaver CS4 video tutorials to help fill in the details not covered in this chapter. I hope you find it useful.
Let me know what you think.
July 21, 2008
I just released a video that goes over my top 3 favorite new features in Dreamweaver CS4:
- Code Navigator
- Related Files
Video tutorial: new features in Dreamweaver CS4
July 21, 2008
I just released a new Dreamweaver CS4 video tutorial on the new user interface.
Video: First look at Dreamweaver CS4
Dreamweaver CS4 is sporting a brand new interface that bring Dreamweaver up-to-speed with the other Adobe products. In this video I give you a quick tour looking at how the new user interface works.
July 15, 2008
The boys and girls at Adobe recently released a public beta of Dreamweaver CS4 – I can now freely talk about it now!
Iâ€™ve been beta testing Dreamweaver CS4 for a little while now and Iâ€™ve been looking forward to spewing my nerd impressions. I had to hold my tongue until Adobe released DW CS4 to the public â€¦
In this article, I provide a quick overview of whatâ€™s in CS4. But donâ€™t worry, in soon to come articles and video tutorials, I will be digging deeper.
Read the complete review of Dreamweaver CS4.
BTW: I should have a couple of new Dreamweaver CS4 videos out very soon.
May 18, 2008
I’ve been hearing the quiet murmur of nerds lately, soft sounds that speak of Dreamweaver CS4.
Yes, I do have my finger on the pulse of the nerd-zeitgeist and from what I understand, Dreamweaver CS4 is coming out sooner than later. I’m guessing sometime this winter.
Are there any details?
I’m not sure what is coming (in terms of new features), but I have heard what is leaving and not coming back:
- ASP.net support.
- Layout Mode and Timelines.
- JSP support
I am guessing that Adobe will position Dreamweaver to be more web developer centric than designer centric.
Not that they will turn Dreamweaver into a glorified text editor, I just get the feeling that they will spend more time on the coding end of things, than on the design end.
My thinking is based on the work Adobe has done with Flash CS3 and especially Actionscript 3.0.
… It is clear with AS3, that Adobe made the decision to make the Flash scripting language more appealing to hard-core programmers than to designers. AS3 is much more powerful but it is more complex and harder to learn than Actionscript 2.
That said, please do keep in mind that when it comes to what may be coming in Dreamweaver CS4 … it is total speculation on my part.
May 1, 2008
When I was working on the redesign of the killersites.com, I found (as a starting point) that the templates that ship with Dreamweaver CS3 useful.
Dreamweaver CS3 starter templates
Dreamweaver has a nice collection of bare-bones web templates. One thing I found cool about these templates, is that they contain a lot of notes that describe why they (the web-nerds at Adobe) have certain things in place – like the specific code they used to deal with a given CSS layout issue.
… This is another good way to learn more about CSS.
March 18, 2008
I just released more of my Dreamweaver MX video tutorials.
Thought Dreamweaver MX was released in 2004, not much in Dreamweaver has changed since that time … especially when it comes to the basics.
Anyway, for those new to Dreamweaver, these videos should be useful.
PS: I also have Dreamweaver CS3 videos for those who need the cutting edge stuff.