Dreamweaver is an overall web development package. Having the option to code using design tools, like, drag and drop, makes this app the stabilisers of dev tools. You’ll see from the range of Dreamweaver shortcut keys that it’s a large program. Even if a more stripped back text editor is preferred, the fact that Dreamweaver has FTP support makes it well worth getting to know.
Macromedia release Dreamweaver in 1997 and it became a standout part of the Adobe Creative Suite is 2005 after Macromedia’s buyout. It was very ahead of its time, probably as significant as WordPress. Dreamweaver was one of the first programs that made it possible to build websites without any knowledge of code. The design tab helped people learn. You could draw out what you wanted but also look under the hood and build up an appreciation for how the HTML syntax works. From drawing out a table and making a change people would start to realise that it’s actually easier to just type out the code. But starting from a visual prompt was a gateway from graphic design to full on web development. Suddenly coding isn’t such as scary thing and a binary universe opened up. You saw the Matrix (that reference wasn’t out of date then and still witty).
These days as more people code and it’s not so far out the program and become less visual and more supportive of modern technologies such as code compiling and minification. Dreamweaver shortcut keys still support a visual based approach with shortcuts to insert media and tables but this area hasn’t grown much. There has been more growth over the years better code typing workflow. Probably trying to keep up with Visual Studio Code and Sublime. For example, a useful lesser used shortcut is multi-cursor select. Hold ‘Control’ while highlighting text to select multiple instances, then you can overtype all of them at once.
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