A Quick Look at Dreamweaver CS4 - Part 6
Dreamweaver CS4's code editor is reasonably useful, where it has the standard capabilities you would expect in a code editor:
- Code hinting
- Code collapsing
- Syntax highlighting
- Line numbering etc…
… Code hinting is important because it can help reduce mistakes and it will definitely speed up your time banging away at the keyboard.
Screenshot: PHP code hinting
The code navigator is new to Dreamweaver CS4 and is one of the coolest additions to the program. Code navigator allows you to easily see the code behind an element in the web page.
Screenshot: code navigator
Again, another one of the new cool features in Dreamweaver CS4 that I see myself using more and more often.
… I often find it is the small things that make life's work easier. Anyway, you can find the Related Files appearing just under the page tab:
Screenshot: related files.
Dreamweaver allows us to create our own library of custom behaviours. Go to the Server Behaviors tab and click on the plus symbol (+), scroll down to the second option from the bottom, selecting 'New Server Behavior'.
Screenshot: creating new server behavior
This seemingly simple little thing can actually become a great time saver, because over time, as you build up your own collection of PHP code, the custom behaviour tool will allow you to easily use your collection of PHP code snippets.
Now that you have a basic feel for Dreamweaver CS4's user interface, you can now get into more practical work. I invite you to explore some of my video tutorials on Dreamweaver ... the videos make it easy to learn Dreamweaver.