Get familiar with the Dreamweaver workspace, its document window, property inspector, common tab and ASP.NET tab and the grouped panels. (This is chapter 1 from the book ASP.NET Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004, by Costas Hadjisotiriou (with Rachel Andrew and Kevin Marshall published by Apress, 2004, ISBN: 1590593480.)
In this chapter, we give you a brief overview of the Dreamweaver MX and Dreamweaver MX 2004 workspace including the locations of all the common elements in the program. By the end of this chapter, you will be familiar enough with the Dreamweaver workspace to work your way though this book’s subsequent chapters.
The Dreamweaver workspace has four main sections (See Figure 1-1) although your display layout may vary slightly because Dreamweaver allows you to rearrange all the elements by dragging and dropping the panels within the workspace.
- Document window (main area) - Insert bar (across top) - Property inspector (on bottom) - Grouped panels (on left)
Figure 1-1. The Dreamweaver workspace
The document window is the design surface of your document; it is where all the elements that make up your document are inserted. The document window can display the content of your document in three possible views.
Design view: The document window displays your document as it will look when displayed in a web browser.
Code view: The document window displays the HTML markup and any server-side code that makes up your document.
Split view: The document window displays Design view and Code view as two panes with a horizontal resize handle to adjust the size of each pane, as shown in Figure 1-2. This is the most useful view when developing ASP.NET applications.
Another useful feature of the document window is Live Data view, which simulates roughly how the page will look when previewed in a web browser. Although not an exact representation of what a browser will render, Live Data view will show an approximate representation within the Dreamweaver document window.
Figure 1-2. Split view
This chapter is from ASP.NET Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004, by Costas Hadjisotiriou (Apress, 2004, ISBN: 1590593480). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today.