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    Dreamweaver equivalent freeware?

    I don't mean truly equivalent, of course, but is there any freeware out there that is comparable? I learned JS on Dreamweaver, unfortunately that was in school and I don't have a copy of my own. What programs do you guys use for your projects?

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    I would suggest Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express. It comes with a top notch IDE, a server side (.NET) debugger AND a client side JS Debugger.

    In many ways, especially if you're a coder rather than a designer, VWD is better than Dreamweaver.

    And, incredibly, its totally free!

    Just goto the msdn site and pick it up.

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    Hmm NVU is pretty close to a DW alternative. It is free as well.
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    Thanks, guys. I'll check them out.

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    The microsoft program is giving me the option to install an SQL server. Should I go with that or use PHP?

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    The sql server is for databases.
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    Yes. lotusindigo's question is like "do you walk to work or carry your lunch?".

    PHP is a server-side language. SQL is one of Microsoft's database types. MySQL is more commonly used with PHP.

    Keep in mind that WYSIWYG editors tend to produce low quality code.
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    Java != JavaScript && JScript != JavaScript
    Design/program for Firefox (and/or Opera), apply fixes for IE, not the other way around.

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    I don't think I posed that question right. Never mind.

    Keep in mind that WYSIWYG editors tend to produce low quality code.
    Kravvitz, by that do you mean that you would recommend that I do my own coding rather than use a wysiwyg?

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    For X/HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, yes. I believe those should be written by hand. That doesn't mean that you can't use programs with advanced text editing features like syntax highlighting, customizable tab sizes, and find-and-replace that has regular expressions support.
    Learn CSS. | SSI | PHP includes | X/HTML Validator | CSS validator | Dynamic Site Solutions
    Java != JavaScript && JScript != JavaScript
    Design/program for Firefox (and/or Opera), apply fixes for IE, not the other way around.


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