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View Poll Results: Do you code by hand or use a program?

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    Junior Member Davey Jones's Avatar
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    I know why I am. I've always been into computers and am actually studying computer science. However,
    computer science is a sea of knowledge in which I will have to explore in order to find my true calling.
    I've decided to try my hand at web design. Obviously emerging myself in the web design community is
    well worth my time. I look forward to many discussions and the growth we will experience together!

    For my first question, how many of you out there use programs for your design and why?
    Are there benefits to coding by hand? I've dabbled in dreamweaver but there are many things I don't like about it
    and I feel as if it's too... limiting.

    Let me know your thoughts. Thank you in advance.

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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. (Dr*amw*av*r)
    Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for life (hand coding)

    There are lots of designers...but very few legitimate code warriors. Those who understand the quirks, the twists, the various things that need to go into development to make a site really work beyond the pretty pictures.

    From a purely design point of view (and I'm a code warrior), I use Photoshop and either slice the image (no HTML code, just the images) or use sprites to get the images. I then use a program called Visual Web Developer (it's not what you think!) to code my stuff, along with several precompiled libraries and code snippets that I've built over the years.
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    Junior Member Davey Jones's Avatar
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    are you a one man band?

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    I'm a one man BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND, babayyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm also the Wendy's girl (bonus points to anyone who has any idea whatsoever what I'm talking about).

    Seriously, yes, I fly solo for the most part. I'm occasionally involved in projects where I'm part of a team, but for the most part I work by myself.
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    DW is Limiting if you only use "design view", most all WYSIWYG editors are limiting because they can only do what the developers intended them to do.

    I've been Using DW for many years, flipping back and forth between design view and code view for exactly that reason.. good thing DW doesn't re-write code it doesn't understand ( like some editors ).

    BUT

    about 6-7 years ago, I came across CSS and XTHML and although DW handles it fine, what they built into it was limiting...

    I've pretty much only used "Code View" once I realized that... I can say with authority .. Notepad++ and or MetaPad can do exactly what DW in code view can do, but DW has some things that I've been using for years like "libraries of my code snippets", ability to manage multiple projects and each has it's own FTP connections ( multiple FTP connections for Test Servers and Production servers), so I tend to keep using it mainly from a project management standpoint.

    I would NEVER recommend anyone starting out, buy or use DW... but once they have a good grasp on Hand Coding, it can be an asset ( as long as you stay away from the built in code generators ).

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    I'm learning to like DW but I think it lacks many features for hand coding. The best program I have used is NetBeans for hand coding. I like how it tracks variables and functions and displays CSS selectors in the navigator. It has all the functions I love about Notepad++ with some extra goodies for staying organized.

    I don't think this really answers the question of why I am here but that doesn't seem to be the topic of discussion on this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264, post: 244755
    I'm a one man BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND, babayyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm also the Wendy's girl (bonus points to anyone who has any idea whatsoever what I'm talking about).
    Now I will always be picturing you with red pigtails and freckles... scary...
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