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Kerrace Alexander

7:11 pm on May 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have decided to take on a praticum student to help me in developing my website.

Could anyone provide me with a good software package that would be good to purchase.

The Graduates of the Web Commerce Program are proficient at building 3-tier web
applications with the following technologies:
* Active Server Pages (ASP)
* Visual InterDev, Visual Basic 6.0, VBScript, JavaScript
* SQL Server 7.0, T-SQL queries
* COM+, Site Server Commerce Edition
* Great Plains eEnterprise and eCommerce
* Internet Information Server 5.0
* Dreamweaver, HTML web page design, Dynamic HTML
* Photoshop, Fireworks, Flash
Throughout the 6 month program, students are challenged with building web
applications by integrating the above technologies. Students complete a
minimum of 4 projects of increasing complexity.

Should I purchase the dreamweaver software or is there some software that I get get off the internet. However I am willing to spend some money to make sure I come out with a decent site. Also I have a lap top I use for work, would you suggest I have a computer just for the site or does that not really matter seeing as the hosting company will be managing it.

Any help on this would be great. Also I think a graduate student would be able to build my first site with me as I don't think it will extremely complex.

Is this a good idea? I will provide the person with a small honourarium for the work done. Apparently there are a lot of students looking for work to build their portfolio's and thought this may be a good way for me to go.

Tell me what you think.

Thanks for feedback in advance.


7:41 pm on May 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Dreamweaver Ultrdev is specifically for developing ASP and JSP sites in a visual environment. It has all the features of Dreamweaver plus the added dynamic apabilities. Do yourself a favor and get Fireworks with it.
9:38 pm on May 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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My recommendations for software:
HTML - hand coding - HomeSite (allaire.com)
- WYSIWYG - DreamWeaver by far

Graphics - Photoshop (but it's pricey) fireworks is my second choice

Bear in mind dreamweaver will get you producing pages faster, but you will eventually need a basic understanding of HTML. WYSIWYG editors sometimes won't give you exactly what you want, and you have to manipulate the code yourself by hand. For good, clean code (for SEO) you will also find yourself cleaning up some of dreamweaver's output.

I have seen many talented people here post that they use notepad for coding, but that can be a little daunting for a beginner. However, it works just fine.

I remember seeing a package at beyond.com for dreamweaver, homesite, and fireworks for $399, but that was a while back during versions 3.0 of DW and FW. Something similar may be currently available.

Using a work laptop should be fine as long as the machine is readily available, is fast enough, has enough ram and HD space. Graphics progs will give you a real headache without enough ram (128 megs min, IMO). You may need access to another machine to check your site at different resolutions/color depths.

10:04 pm on May 7, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Dreamweaver for the WYSIWYG and back that up with Ultraedit [ultraedit.com] for the hand-coding. With a free trial and the single-user version at $30, it's not going to damage the finances too badly just to have it around for odd jobs, like running find & replace macros.

Kerrace Alexander

7:12 pm on May 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

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thanks for the advice.

Dreamweaver and fireworks seems like they are the best programs.

I have got a guy who is interested in developing site from one of the schools up here.

I have decided to go with the outdoors for content site, and focus on the affiliate programs around this area.

Living in Beautiful British Columbia Canada, and loving the outdoors seems like a great fit.

Question, since I will be using links to other programs on the backend is there any specifics that I sould be aware of and make sure this student I will be taking on has the skill sets to set me up properly.

I mean if I'm going to be paying 400.00 for the software and about 200-300 to him for helping me. maybe it would be better just to get someone to do it all.

I do anticipate on have other sites in the future and an investment in software now may pay off for the future.

Honestly, I just want to know enough to give direction on what I want and focus on what I am good at that is marketing and sales.

Am I being realistic here.



10:08 pm on May 8, 2001 (gmt 0)

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If you are using Visual InterDev, you don't really need another HTML editor. It does both hand coding and a little WYSIWYG.

Kerrace Alexander

6:32 pm on May 9, 2001 (gmt 0)

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thanks again