Web Developers and Work at Dreamweaver
I work for a company that runs Dreamweaver training courses. We find that there is no longer a typical user of this great web development program. Dreamweaver users now seem to come from all different types of companies. And from all walks of life: private individuals, financial people, marketing people, people in the health service, as well as academicians. It seems everyone needs to learn the basics of web development nowadays.
One thing is for certain. On our courses, we are now getting far more people learning Dreamweaver. Who are not and do not intend, to become specialists in web development. They are, more typically, people who need to develop web content and who perceive Dreamweaver. As the best program to use for the task in hand. Coming to this conclusion is almost inevitable. Since Dreamweaver is widely perceived as the software tool of choice. For both the casual and professional web developers.
Dreamweaver has obtained its position as undisputed number. Due to the fact that first Macromedia and now Adobe have paid careful attention to the needs of web developers of all types. As well as to the technologies used to build web sites. They have managed to create a product, which satisfies the needs of both amateur and professional web developers. To which embraces emerging standards in the web sites are constructed. As web developers and web development has evolved, Dreamweaver has evolved with it. That’s why Dreamweaver is still around while all of its original competitors have disappeared.
Back in the nineties..
When web editors; such as PageMill, Hot Metal Pro, FrontPage as well as Dreamweaver; started to appear, they were greeted with some skepticism by serious web developers; or coders. Who felt that they produced sloppy code. Who were really only of interest to people who didn’t understand coding. Basically, they didn’t know what they were doing. Even back then, Macromedia, who owned Dreamweaver, bundled HomeSite; a Windows HTML code editor; or BBEdit; with the Macintosh version. In order to keep serious web developers happy.
About ten years ago, they recognized the need to satisfy both types of users. Macromedia, the owners of Dreamweaver, started making efforts to attract serious web developers to Dreamweaver. They addressed the code issue by including tools which would clean up inefficiencies in automatically-generated code. In addition to purchasing and bundling a coding utility called with Dreamweaver. They also enhanced their code environment with sophisticated features like; line-numbering, color-coding and code-hints. Furthermore, they added other code-friendly features, to supplement the visual development environment. Such as the tag selector; which displays the HTML tags representing the objects on the page.
Another important feature that has helped
To mark out Dreamweaver as a serious web development tool, is its inclusion of tools. For generating dynamic server side content using industry standard scripting languages. Such as ASP as well as ColdFusion. Later, ASP.Net as well as PHP. This functionality was originally introduced in mid 2000. In a slightly more expensive edition of Dreamweaver called Dreamweaver UltraDev.
The idea back then, was that heavyweight web developers would buy UltraDev and lightweights would buy the standard edition of Dreamweaver. However, in 2002, Macromedia simply stopped making UltraDev and put all of its functionality into the much cheaper standard edition of Dreamweaver. Making Dreamweaver the obvious choice for web developers of all types.
Macromedia also recognized that professional web developers often work in teams. Along with added collaboration features to Dreamweaver, which allow a group of people to work on the same web site without treading on each other’s toes. They called the feature “File check in and check out”. There also created a “design notes” facilities; which allows members of development teams to attach notes to individual web pages, for the information of the other team members.
The web is constantly evolving
New technologies are being developed to make web sites more appealing to visitors. The owners of Dreamweaver have always been very good at embracing these new technologies sooner; rather than later. An illustration of this can be seen in the latest version of Dreamweaver, which includes a series of CSS layouts, which can be used by newbie web developers to create pages, that separates web content from information relating to the styling of that content. Dreamweaver also has useful features for making it easy to make your content accessible to web surfers with disabilities.
So, in short, Dreamweaver has all bases covered. Design-oriented web developers can use the program as a visual tool that generates reliable coding. Experienced developers and programmers can work in code view and preview their work as required. Thus, the program makes web development approachable for just about any experienced computer user, without dumbing down. This makes it deservedly the automatic choice for anyone who intends to become a web developer; and needs a reliable software tool.