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Dreamweaver-type CVS

How do you all do your "Dreamweaver" file projects?

6:09 pm on Nov 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm going to be doing a whole lot of work - about half-time - for a company that uses Dreamweaver's checkin & checkout system as its CVS. The company is also very much convinced of the virtue of developing on their own server, and not just checking out the files, doing the work, and checking the completed work back in. So it'd be nice if I could work this way.

Does anyone have experience with this Dreamweaver checkin and checkout system? I haven't yet had got the login info or other info regarding their system, and assume that there's just some "standard" way of doing this in Dreamweaver that they use. They're using DW8.

Any assistance or suggestions would be much appreciated.

7:45 pm on Nov 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If they already have a system for the use of it, you should have no problems.

If they haven't used it and just decided that they want to start ... it can be a nightmare.

Dreamweaver is a great tool, but like a lot of software it considers itself to be your end all and be all of your web production. It just LOVES to pepper your folders with hidden junk unless you tell it not to.

I am still stumbling across old check in/out files, even though I stopped using it after DW 4.0. Unless you exclusively restrict ALL company wide web file creation, editing, upload and download you will still be able to modify any files, without being locked out, regardless whether the file is checked out by someone acording to DW. So, you can have people quick editing files in notepad, or any other editor, using a plain ftp, and the file will be changed even though it is "checked out" by someone.

And unless you are all very strict about checking back in, you will quickly discover people sitting on checked out files for days or weeks until reminded to check it back in. But what if, in the meantime, you already modified the file?

Unless you have very strict rules about who can work on what and for how long, confusion will reign.

Also, for security, I HIGHLY recommend turning off auto generate "Notes". If your folder is compromised and it has DW Notes in it, an intruder can gather information about your files.

Don't let DW "auto" anything when it comes to getting or putting on the server.

8:08 pm on Nov 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tell them to setup CVS instead and get them to buy a plugin for DW:


Otherwise, enjoy the nightmare that is DW Check In/Out...

5:19 pm on Nov 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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bluesmandeluxe, bcolflesh - thanks for the advice. I'll let the guys know. They're still fairly small, so sticking to the existing infrastructure would make sense simply to save time. But if they get bigger it might be even more of a pain to get on cvs or svn.

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