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    I would like to get some feedback from forum members on what web authoring and code related tools people use and the pros and cons of each. Also suggestions for complementary tools the fully equipped web builder should have and any other advice concerning the use of tools and web authoring in general. I currently use FrontPage 2002 and my personal host supports FP extensions.
    Editor; FrontPage 2002 (included in Office XP). Personal Operating System; Windows XP and ME. Browsers; Latest versions, NN, IE and Opera. Server running; RedHat Linux 7.2

  • #2
    I use Macromedia (formerly Allaire) Homesite, and absolutely swear by it. It's quite reasonably priced (about US$150 or 90 UK squids), and really helpful if you're learning to code, rather than cut and paste into a WYSIWYG editor. Also, I understand Homesite is included with Dreamweaver (which I've not used) these days. Dreamweaver is quite widely used by the pros so if you're hoping to become one of them it may help.
    "nam et ipsa scientia potentas est" - Francis Bacon


    • #3
      In Windows, I always use a text-editor called Ultraedit (http://www.ultraedit.com).

      It generally makes coding easier somehow - I prefer it over ALL alternatives.

      In Linux, I just use Vi. Tried and true, it is good enough.


      • #4
        My primary web page editor is Amaya. It's from the W3C, so it's fairly good at following the standards...

        After I draft an XHTML page, I fire up WordPad to add in PHP and JS scripting.

        I found a rather nice free XML/XSLT editor called Cooktop... too bad the program didn't have a link back to the host page.
        "The first step to confirming there is a bug in someone else's work is confirming there are no bugs in your own."
        June 30, 2001
        author, ES-Membrane project (Github Pages site)
        author, Verbosio prototype XML Editor
        author, JavaScript Developer's Dictionary


        • #5
          For coding I use HTML-kit, Eversoft 1st page, CuteHTML, Hackman, and notepad (CuteHTML is probably the one I use most often). Basically anything that allows complete control over the source code .

          For FTPing I use WS_FTP. For graphics I use Fireworks primarily, and Photoshop occasionally. A nice little free graphics program is Irfanview.

          There are a lot of tools available for various aspect of web development. I guess the trick is to find the ones you feel comfortable with that are also within a price range to fit your budget. It's too easy to over do it...even with free programs. Before you know it your HD will be filled with programs, some of which you haven't used in so long it's hard to remember exactly what they do. Just equip yourself with the basics and add to it as your needs grow .
          CodingForum Moderator
          "How did a fool and his money get together in the first place?"


          • #6
            Coding/HTML Layout&Design: EditPlus 2, Notepad on occasion

            Graphics: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, Adobe ImageReady

            FTP: CuteFTP



            • #7
              i would swear by homesite as bassleader saidbut only version 4.5.2, version 5 keeps on crashing and has maybe to many new features. i personaly dont like frontpage because my dad asked me to remake his web site that he had done with FP and i spent 2hours looking for the actual page in all the mess that FP left behind. for example for various reasons, FP makes a rollover script for every rollover instead of making a nice rollover function with arguments. if all else fails you always have notepad....
              photoshop too expensive? use the GIMP! www.gimp.org