Dreamweaver CS4 and PHP

September 19, 2008
Posted in PHP Tools


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.


Stefan Mischook


3 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.

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