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Saturday, February 5, 2005

SDCFUG Meeting

Sorry it's taken me so long to blog this folks... Wednesday night was the SDCFUG Meeting and I have to say it went really well once we got started. I had more than my usual projector problems and at the last minute had to borrow Dan's laptop because it had less trouble. (I had to look at the projection rather than my screen to see what I was doing.) Anyhow...

Having never seen CFEclipse until 2 hours prior to the meeting and only a vague idea of what its capabilities were, I think Rob and I managed to do a nice side-by-side comparison of CFEclipse and Dreamweaver. Both of us realize that the two products are complimentary and neither is intended to replace the other. To that end, our presentation was not a duel of any sort and very good natured and friendly.

As I understand it (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), there is a limitation that prevents the usual switch back and forth abilities of Dreamweaver with CFEclipse. Hopefully that will be fixed in a future release of CFEclipse making the two programs even more complimentary.

I was quite impressed by Rob and all he's done (and the team that works on CFEclipse) with the program so far. There's a few features in it that I'd love to see in Dreamweaver, like "trigger text" which lets you assign keywords to snippets rather than a keyboard shortcut. Another nice feature that's similar to Site< Locate in Site that fires automatically was pretty cool. I loved that the tag attibutes that you use get removed from the list of available attributes.

I was surprised that all of the attendees have Dreamweaver and use it except for one who chose not to use it since he's mostly a .NET guy anyhow. Usually the CF groups I speak with don't even want to look at Dreamweaver let alone hear about it, so this is a nice change indeed.

I'm going to try to make it to future San Diego meetings, and look forward to the oppurtunity to speak there again in the future. It was nice meeting all of you!

HomeSite/CFStudio and CFEclipse, Dreamweaver definitely is not. Perhaps someday it will be, maybe not...all that remains to be seen. In the meantime, please if you want to see Dreamweaver add features that are part of your other favorite editors be sure to tell Macromedia.

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