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Posted 06 October 2008 - 12:59 PM
For those that don't know, I used to freaking teach Dreamweaver. For several years in fact. The way I taught it, DW wasn't a crutch, since that's the word everyone seems to be reacting to so strongly.
Sad to say that the way most incoming students used DW it was indeed a total crutch, no better than FrontPage in most respects. Not because of the tool, but because the incoming students were only using it in WYSIWYG mode, never even looking at the code.
Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:03 AM
I'm not a tech guru but I like to dig and I find solace into writing CMS type apps with automated type registration, etc. However there are a lot of good CMS systems out there that are much more robust than anything I could develop on my own. Depending on the need either solution works if it is the best for the client. I don't code in dreamweaver because I really like coding manually, and argggh some will say, in v.i. Another reason is real estate. My eyes get tired and I can manage my desktop real estate better without all the additional toolbars and such that DW or other tools provide. Small font just doesn't cut it here.
Summary - learn the fundamentals then choose the tools that work for you. You'll spend less time rolling your eyeballs in front of clients. -bob
Posted 09 October 2008 - 02:37 PM
I think I am going to have to make the jump and buy "DW". I know DW has some complex stuff added to it, I was reffering to tools like FrontPage being "crutches". Due to a time crunch, I hired out and got a great web designer to design the page I was working on. Because it it blog/wordpress based, I will continue to manage it)
I am not giving up though and I bought a random domain to practice on. DW is a certainty because I have used it before and liked it for the short amount of time I had with it. If I get photoshop though, I know I will need some type of book or class to get me started. Graphic Art and myself never really got along.
I have been using a lot of the reference webpages provided in this thread. So thanks again for those. They are great!
Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:13 PM
Since you are just starting this journey and would most definetly recommend two books in particular;
1) Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook by Dan Cederholm
2) CSS: The Missing Manual by David McFarland
These books really inform you on why its best to use CSS and all the benefits it brings. Its so informative on why web standards exist and really makes you take all this "standards" ethos on board and utilise it in your next project.
Im surprised that books are getting such negative reputation here. For me, books are inexpensive and are investments in your future. I originally found learning code from the internet enjoyable but personally frustrating, as anyone these days can write tutorials but not everyone can write great tutorials, so i found myself sorting through the mud to find the gold.
Again, I am a great fan of books and will continue to use them.
Software....become strong enough to handcode and then switch to DW, if used correctly it can maximise your work flow. Then familiarize yourself with the latest photoshop and illustrator package
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