I got my copy of Dreamweaver UltraDev
June 15, 2000 9:45 PM   Subscribe

I got my copy of Dreamweaver UltraDev today, it shipped with a copy of Cold Fusion Enterprise Server and IBM Websphere Application Server (and yes, they snuck a site redesign in there too).
posted by Dean_Paxton (2 comments total)
Dreamweaver UltraDev: What Frontpage97 did for web design, UltraDev does for database-backed websites. I tried it out last week, and there is just no way you can build a site in ASP and not know how to code or build a well structured database. This could be a harmful product when it is in the wrong hands.

The Macromedia redesign is alright, it still looks very "flash" infected, although I was surprised to see the drop down menu system is actually in DHTML and not flash.
posted by mathowie at 10:22 PM on June 15, 2000

I spoke with one of the Macromedia developers at JavaOne -- UltraDev looks pretty impressive. The big interesting feature for me is "live data preview", in which Ultradev runs the dynamic page (either ASP, JSP or Cold Fusion) through the server, and then displays the generated page in the editor.

You can then edit the generated page in Ultradev, and your changes are updated back to the original source page.

mathowie -- you're right regarding the 'harmful' nature of this tool. Ultradev will happily generate your code for you, but the quality is dodgy at best. It also forces you to design your database before you've designed your interface, which can lead to some interesting layouts.

Still, I'm looking forward to giving this tool a try. It's not the first to try to bridge the gap between HTML layout and software development, but with Macromedia's track record it could be the first to do it well.
posted by kaefer at 9:59 AM on June 16, 2000

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