The Dreamweaver Mistake

If you are a designer and want to explore web development, make no mistake thinking that learning Dreamweaver will make you a web programmer. Please don’t take this harsh, anyone is capable of learning how to program a web page, but I would recommend taking the “following approach” in becoming a proficient web developer.

To better illustrate this article, think of someone that has no design experience what so ever, then this individual signs-up for an Adobe InDesign class in the hopes that he will create a beautiful brochure. What would you advise? — Learn to design first — correct? Explain to him the importance of typography, grid, layout composition and so on. The same applies for web development, you first need to focus on the foundation, take your time to fully understand and master HTML, then venture on to learn CSS, Javascript, PHP and more.

Dreamweaver is simply a tool ( not a good one in my opinion ) to help you code a web page. However, if you don’t understand what is going on, then your page-source will end up like those ugly brochures with bad typography and full of photoshop effects. In the beginning, it’s perfectly fine to stick with plain simple valid HTML page, there is nothing wrong with that… stick with two column grid Helvetica and you’ll be fine.

Online documentation and tutorials w3schools
Outstanding text-editor for Mac TextMate
Great HTML book for designers HTML Mastery

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