Dreamweaver CS4 and PHP

September 19, 2008
Posted in PHP Tools

Hi,

One of my reasons for creating killerphp.com, was to make learning PHP easier for web designers. I also wanted to bring awareness to the web design community of the importance of PHP.

… I happen to think that PHP is a key technology in the web design stack, to the point that I believe that all web designers should learn at least some PHP.

That said, I thought it made sense to look at web design tools (such as Dreamweaver) to demonstrate how PHP works in that context.

So … I just released a 6 page article on soon to be released Dreamweaver CS4 detailing its’ PHP and database features.

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Check it out: Dreamweaver CS4 Introduction to the PHP toolset.

I also plan on creating a bunch of supporting dreamweaver CS4 video tutorials to help fill in the details not covered in this chapter. I hope you find it useful.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Stefan Mischook

www.killersites.com
www.killerphp.com

5 Responses

  1. deef Author September 19, 2008 at 2:49 am Reply

    Thank you for the overview.

    It seems an upgrade to CS4 is definitely recommended. Especially the feature to connect to MySQL-databases is very interesting.

  2. Stefan Mischook Author September 19, 2008 at 10:45 am Reply

    The database features have been around for years btw.

  3. Korky Kathman Author March 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Actually I’ve been really disappointed with DM CS4. Compared to other, free IDE’s (even on Mac) CS4 is very poor in support of PHP. There’s no code completion, no real-time (or even semi-real time) syntax checking, which I deem necessary for large projects where you make silly typos that cost you time and effort to debug. Speaking of debug, there is none.

    Most people’s PHP needs would be much better served using Aptana Studio 1.5 (not the 2.0 version that uses PDT) or NetBeans (which is outstanding. Both of these are better solutions for the serious PHP pro. They are even better than Zend, which falls terribly short in featured compared to the above, and its costs $300 or so.

  4. Jan Miller Author March 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm Reply

    I cannot seem to find any info on this online but my DreamWeaver CS4 and a trial of DreamWeaver CS5 both create PHP and SQL queries that are loaded with syntax errors. I use XAMPP on my computer as I have done for years, and it works fine with phpMyAdmin and Komodo Edit. DreamWeaver has been a nifty app to quickly knock out simple applications in that past, but now I spend too much time manually correcting syntax errors in PHP page queries.

    Has anyone there heard of a fix for this? Several other web developers have told me that they entirely abandoned DW CS* series and moved on to other IDE’s rather than try to fix the problem.

    najrellim@gmail.com

  5. Stefan Mischook Author April 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Hi,

    Dreamweaver’s code generating tools are really best suited for either:

    1. prototypes.
    2. very small app development.

    I was writing a book on this for a major publisher for DW CS4 and stopped part of the way through partly because it was clear that Adobe wasn’t going to do much on this end.

    … It was also known that it was and is clearly understand that the code generators are very limited.

    If you want to get into real PHP, try other IDE’s or just use DW’s code editor + a few macros.

    Stefan

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