Or FrontPage or Netscape Composer for that matter.
Hands up if you remember the expression “Real developers use Notepad”.
We’re going way back in the history of development of tools on the web here. We did indeed use Notepad to develop website (after a crash course of learning HTML tags) and then FTPed them into place. It wasn’t the most elegant by today’s standards but it worked well. You had the power over every step. Arguably, websites were better back then because you focused on the content and not necessarily throwing in the latest bells and whistles or elements of user design. It was just content.
In education, like the rest of the world that would develop for the web, there was a desire to do more. I was on the OSAPAC Committee that licensed Macromedia’s Dreamweaver. It set a new standard for the Western RCAC because Macromedia wanted to do a full-day workshop on the use of the product and we complied. It was PD for us and was a nice change from always designing PD for others. Of course, Adobe ended up acquiring the product and the web got more colourful and interactive simply because we had better tools. Let’s not get off on a Flash tangent here though.
Things certainly have changed. Most developers have gone on to different tools whether it be WordPress or Joomla or Google Sites or any of the development tools available. Unless you want, you really don’t have to look behind the code that makes it all happen. I’m writing this in WordPress which does have a switch to HTML tab so I can see what make it all work. For the most part, I don’t have to; the editor is just that good. There is the odd time though where a switch to looking at the raw code is handy. You know what they say “a pixel here, a pixel there”.
What are your thoughts for a Sunday?
- Did you ever create a webpage with a humble text editor?
- Did you ever use a tool specifically designed for web creation like Dreamweaver, FrontPage or Composer?
- Perhaps you have a different tool?
- How about today? What’s your “publish to the web” tool?
- Do you consider HTML a programming language?
- How about CSS?
I’d be interested in your answers. Even if you’re not a developer with a fondness for developing with a text editor, if you have a web presence, you use something. Tell us about it. Use this post as a way to advertise the link to your content if you wish.
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