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Open Source Alternatives to Dreamweaver Templating If you have at least two pages on a website you maintain, you can benefit from a tool to help manage the design and content independently. The best tool I've seen for this is Macromedia's commercial Drea

Open Source Dreamweaver

  1. Open Source Alternatives to Dreamweaver Templating
    If you have at least two pages on a website you maintain, you can benefit from a tool to help manage the design and content independently. The best tool I've seen for this is Macromedia's commercial Dreamweaver software, available for Macintosh and Windows. The key thing that Dreamweaver gets right is its use of templates. You design a page which will serve as a template for several similar pages. You define some parts as "Editable Regions", which can vary from page to page. When you edit a page that uses a template in Dreamweaver, it 'locks' the un-editable regions so you can't alter them. The best part is that you can update the design of the template, and then run a tool which updates the design of all the pages that use this template. For a Linux desktop solution, the popular alternative seems to be 'include files', such as relaying on Apache's Server Side Include system on the server. The Dreamweaver solution is better for a couple of important reasons. 
      
  2. Aptana open source IDE for Linux with dreamweaver like features
    Aptana IDE is supposed to be as good as dreamweaver. Aptana is a robust, free & open source (source available soon - licensed under the Eclipse Public License v1.0), JavaScript-focused IDE for building dynamic web applications for Linux, Windows and Mac systems. According to official Aptana site, it has following features:
    * Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own JavaScript functions
    * Outliner that gives a snapshot view of your JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code structure
    * Error and warning notification for your code
    * Support for Aptana UI customization and extensions
    * Cross-platform support
      
  3. PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004
    PHP is the most popular Open source server-side scripting language, with extensive support available in Dreamweaver MX. This concise, no-nonsense book teaches you how to develop accessible, standards-compliant PHP-driven websites using PHP 4 and Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 presents real-world tutorials so you can expect fast results as you progress through the book. It also covers vital web development topics such as web standards principles and implementation, and it includes a useful setup section to get you up-and-running quickly and easily.

  4. Open Source KTML for Dreamweaver
    This license grants the right to use KTML4 as the content editing component for an unlimited number of domains. The control will be usable in an unlimited number of forms of the website administration section or frontend, and will be accessible by an unlimited number of users. You can include KTML4 Developer in an open source CMS as a customized upgrade, but can't redistribute it with an open source CMS. KTML works on Microsoft Internet Explorer 6+, Mozilla 1.7+ and Firefox 1.0+ for Windows and on Mozilla 1.7+ and Firefox 1.0+ for MAC OS X. Supported server technologies: ColdFusion, ASP VBScript, ASP .NET 1.1 C#, ASP .NET 1.1 VB, PHP_MySQL and PHP_ADODB.
       
  5. Open Source Dreamweaver Wannabes
    Java 2 Enterprise Edition technology has been successful in developing enterprise-grade scalable Web applications. However, developing the Web presentation layer (the part of the application that interacts with the browser) has proven a difficult task in J2EE. Macromedia's Dreamweaver (the 2004 Jolt Hall of Fame winner) is still the indisputable king of website content authoring. While it's possible to hook the J2EE back end to the Web presentation layer developed in Dreamweaver, the mixture of Java and non-Java development environments hinders J2EE developer productivity. Java developers need an integrated Web development tool for both Web designers and application developers in a pure Java environment. 
      
  6. Foundation Web Design with Dreamweaver X
    Dreamweaver is Macromedia?s best-selling web design/development environment, and the updated version of Dreamweaver will be available later this year. Dreamweaver has the capability to generate dynamic website code using server-side languages like ASP, PHP, and ASP.NET. But this book focuses on the latest version of Dreamweaver in order to create usable, standards-compliant websites using XHTML and CSS. One of the highlights in the upcoming version is much closer, tighter CSS/XHTML. He covers these tasks:
    - Setting up a site in Dreamweaver
    - Global web site essentials, such as dealing with do types, meta tags, comments, and page defaults, and attaching CSS and JavaScript files to your page
    - Styling page content properly using CSS
    - Working with images
    - Creating web site navigation
    - CSS for impressive page layouts that work
    - Getting user feedback via forms
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Posted on: March 19, 2008

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