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Programs versus hand-coding?
10-21-2006, 09:04 PM
Post: #11
Programs versus hand-coding?
There is also a lot of free alternatives.. that have code completion and a lot of features.. just go strait to source fourge..

you will always find something cool there..
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10-25-2006, 02:04 PM
Post: #12
Programs versus hand-coding?
I code in 3 application, being Zend (commercial, http://www.zend.com), which I really, really like for its debugger, codecompetion, and definitly it's phpdoc possibillities.
The second program I use for a quick drawing of a form or layout or a table is Dreamweaver(commercial, http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/), which I also like for its decent wysiwyg features

The third program is notepad++ (free, http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/), which i use for quick and dirty pages that don't require a long thinkover etc

I'm really for hand-coding because at this time, there are very few decent wysiwyg editors.
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10-27-2006, 11:05 PM
Post: #13
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I haven't hand-coded an entire site in ages. It's just too tedious for the amount of stuff I have, and I don't like re-inventing the wheel. There are many great CMSes (Content Management Systems) out there. My personal favorite for the last couple of years has been <a href="http://drupal.org">Drupal</a>. Drupal is open source and free of cost.
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11-04-2006, 11:35 AM
Post: #14
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i live by the law of write it yourself.

there are some obvious things i don't write myself as there are better programs out there.

i used dreamweaver to hand code sites.

always stick to the rules:
HTML = is to markup only
CSS = design, presentation, layout
PHP/ASP with MYSQL etc... managing content if the sites big enough

final rule is NEVER USE TABLES FOR DESIGN/LAYOUT tables are for tabular data
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11-07-2006, 02:36 AM
Post: #15
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Check out HTML-Kit, I prefer it above Dreamweaver since Dreamweaver is buggy and slow for me.

Lately I'm going for CMS's since most people that use the website I'm making don't know much about HTML/PHP and it saves me precious time. I like CMS Made Simple (don't know Drupal).
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11-16-2006, 04:01 PM
Post: #16
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If you hand code, keep on keepin on.
If you're looking to save time (and this'll probably get a lot of groans, but I came from notepad and am assuming you are too), try emacs. After 20 minutes of swearing at it, and a few more min. of the "oh crap I'll never be able to remember all this" panic, I fell in love. Give it a shot, you may too.
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11-16-2006, 05:52 PM
Post: #17
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nuh uhn!
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11-20-2006, 02:51 PM
Post: #18
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I do all my work using the hand coded approach and utilising nothing but open source tools. Bluefish as a programming text editor. The GIMP for graphics work.

The one problem I have seen with using wysiwyg editors besides the not learning code things, is that I tend to see a lot of websites that have that 'spat out with default settings' look. Doing everything by hand lets you be so much more creative and also through learning the ins and outs of the code you can eventually create some excellent masterpieces that are w3c valid, accessible and totally cross-browser functioning.
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11-21-2006, 12:37 PM
Post: #19
Programs versus hand-coding?
I think it really depends on what the project is you are working on. I generally do everything by hand, but occasionaly have found a WYSIWYG tool to be a great help. My projects can generally be classified as fitting into one of 3 groups.

1. A typical static site with no dynamic content, I will use [url=http://"www.textmate.com"]TextMate[/url], my favorite text editor.

2. A site with a developed backend (for me that means Ruby on Rails, usually) I will use [url=http://"www.textmate.com"]TextMate[/url] or [url=http://"www.radrails.org"]RadRails[/url].

3. A quick and dirty "get it out the door" site. I will use [url=http://"www.realmacsoftware.com"]RapidWeaver[/url]. Why? I design my template or use a stock one (usually design my own). I then create pages in either wysiwig mode (styled text) or I can create a code page where I design it explicitly in markup. It also has tools for rapidly creating galleries, slideshows, and some plugins for some nice javascript effects.
The markup it generates is fantastic and very very readable. My only complaint is the way it auto generates the site structure. But then again, I use it for the quick stuff so I guess it is a fair give and take.
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