Right on, Scrivs. I’ve never seen the need for WYSIWYG tools, and I wouldn’t let someone who uses the design view of an application like Dreamweaver near my code unless they can prove that they actually do know HTML. In fact, I’m not so sure I would trust them anyway.
To be honest, I learned a lot of what I know about HTML from Dreamweaver 2.0. When I was first getting started, I had two teachers: “Sams Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours” and Dreamweaver. I read the entire book, but most of my hands-on knowledge came from using Dreamweaver’s visual editor, then switching to code view to see how it did what it did. Now that I know what I know, I am glad that I used Dreamweaver and not some other lousy WYSIWYG program like FrontPage or something, since Dreamweaver is the only one I have seen that writes good code. So anyway, I learned HTML with Dreamweaver.
But let’s face it, I left Dreamweaver behind not long after that. It’s like a first girlfriend: yeah, Dreamweaver, I appreciate all you taught me, but the biggest thing I learned from you is that you’re not exactly what I’m looking for. But thanks to you, I know more what to look for in my next editor.
The crazy thing is, I still use Dreamweaver! Why? Simple: built-in FTP. I haven’t gone into design mode (aka, WYSIWYG mode) in years, but no matter how many text editors I try out, I always come back to Dreamweaver for the FTP. Life is so easy when you can finish up a script and do a quick Ctrl-S, Shift-Ctrl-U, and voila! It’s on the Internet!
Some other text editors I have seen have other forms of built-in FTP, but nothing as nice a Dreamweaver’s. I have looked all around and tried to find something new, because it seems silly to use a $300 program for one tiny feature, but I always come back to Dreamy-poo.
Anyone out there know a nice text editor with all the essential features* that ALSO has great FTP support like Dreamweaver does?
*Of course, by “essential features,” I mostly mean syntax highlighting for a wide variety of languages (especially XHTML, PHP, and CSS) and good auto-tabbing. I may be missing out on a lot of cool features that other editors have, but nothing has replaced the FTP support on the top of my Important List.