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Dreamweaver CS5

Monday, June 07, 2010 10:41:04 PM

I haven't been posting a lot lately, but had to post to recommend the latest version of Dreamweaver -- CS5. I usually upgrade to the latest version, because for my business I have to maintain compatibility with current versions of the program, but this is the first time in a while that I feel like I have to heartily recommend the upgrade to people spending good money. CS5 has quite a few of the features I've been wanting in the program for years -- foremost among them, code hints for custom code, code completion, and context-sensitive help. Most good code editors have this built in, but DW has not had capabilities in this regard. CS5 changes that and turns DW into a quality coding environment.

For ColdFusion coding I have been using Eclipse at work for the past couple years, only because that is the standard that we have at the office and require it's Subversion support, but it's sadly lacking in many key areas. It doesn't have a design view, which is a pretty basic feature for a web development environment. Also, the most frustrating part is that the code hinting, code completion, and context-sensitive help is pretty poor, and often inaccurate. I don't know how many times I've hit a key and had some bizarre code completion happen that has no relation to what I'm typing. A good coding environment is two steps ahead of you and knows what you want to type next. Apple's Xcode IDE is brilliant in this regard, as is Microsoft's coding environments. Dreamweaver is finally starting to get there, after all these years. Not quite there yet, but it's much better than alternatives for ColdFusion programmers, in my view. For PHP coding, it's pretty great, too.

All of my available extensions seem to work without issue in Dreamweaver CS5. If anyone has any issues, please let me know.

Category tags: Dreamweaver, ColdFusion

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