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Mar 10, 2020

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Will there ever be something like the old Developer Toolbox extensions again in DW?

 

They were great for custom CMS development. In my personal view I have reasons for not using Wordpress, such as a lack of customization when certain functions need to be used or you have to pay for them.

 

DW has turned into a fancy code editor and nothing else much to justify the expense of using it.

 

Any thoughts or news on this?

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Will there ever be something like the old Developer Toolbox extensions again in DW?

 

They were great for custom CMS development. In my personal view I have reasons for not using Wordpress, such as a lack of customization when certain functions need to be used or you have to pay for them.

 

DW has turned into a fancy code editor and nothing else much to justify the expense of using it.

 

Any thoughts or news on this?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 10, 2020

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I can't comment beyond what Adobe officially said about the 2020 Road Map.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/dreamweaver/dreamweaver-2020-roadmap/td-p/10885179?page=1

 

To learn more, I suggest you join the Pre-release program.

https://www.adobeprerelease.com

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web.com

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 10, 2020

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Killing this off 8 years ago

Database and Server Behaviors workflows
   Natively supported Database workflows (MySQLi, PDO)
   Support PHP 7

signalled the end of Dreamweaver.


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I suspect the initial PHP/PDO integration will be basic stuff so don't expect anything like Developer Toolbox (formely Interakt MX Kollection).  PDO is the obvious choice although there was/is an old Dreamwever extension called PHAKT that utilised PHP ADODB (still being maintained).


Paul-M, ACP - www.webspectrum.co.uk

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Basic demo of server behavior functionally using the old Interakt PHAKT extension updated with the latest version of PHP ADODB and modified/updated for PHP 7: https://youtu.be/dts88EAyRvc


Paul-M, ACP - www.webspectrum.co.uk
This video shows a quick demo of PHAKT updated, installed, working in Dreamweaver 2020 & fully compatible with PHP 7.3 - It restores sever behaviour function...

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Thak you for this. I've succesfully been using Phakt myself with MySQLi instructions on PHP 7.3 BUT using a very outdated DW version (DW8 which is not even from Adobe, it's from a defunct Macromedia) so this gives me hope until Adobe  realizes (after years of hiatus) that there is a very big market in PHP users that use DW as their primary editing tool.

 

The video does not say how the extension was installed in DW2020 so I guess we'll just have to wait, I've downloaded the latest DW beta and see the "basic" server behaviours have been restored but still none of the advanced functions that made Developer Toolbox what it was... probably the greatest ever extension to exist in DW (at least for me).

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Mar 11, 2020

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Whilst I agree that using an extention is useful, it's usually very limited in functionality, at least the old DW extentions were and the coding they spewed out was appauling, to say the least.

 

I too used to rely on them but made the decision to learn some basic connect/querying database functions by manually producing them. You know its not hugley complex or difficult and you can produce snippets for the required basics - select, insert, update, delete etc........probably the best decision I ever made as it opened my eyes and made me a better coder using better coding techniques, than what is usually achievable by an automated process.

 

Not ideal for everyone but those that want to progress should consider putting a few hours aside to learn how to do this without the need for any dependencies.

 

 

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