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Adobe ditches ASP.NET Support in Dreamweaver CS4

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 by Paul White

dream weaver logo cs4Before I get into the meat of my rant.  For anyone who is currently using CS3 dreamweaver, and likes to use .NET. 


.  Stick with CS3.  I first started making websites using frontpage, then I started using dreamweaver, and life was good.  This was back in the days when dreamweaver was run by macromedia.  Back when Dreamweaver was in version 4.0 ( way back ).  Well on the latest release of CS4 I guess Adobe decided that it was better to not provide any support for .NET guys like myself than to provide support for older ASP.NET 1.1 components.  I recently updated to CS4 only to discover this after the fact.  To say the lease it was not a good day.

Even though the vast majority of .NET guys use Visual Studio.  In my opinion Visual Studio is horrible on the design side.  That and for those of us who wish to not pre compile our source code into DLL files, it was not ideal.  I have always been of the mind set that if one of my sites was to break, and I was out of town, I should be able to login and patch things up via notepad and FTP if I am desperate.  Of course if you use visual studio this isn't an option. 

One of the biggest complaints developers had with CS3 was that it did not add support for .NET 2.0 controls, and just had the standard .NET 1.1 controls in your ASP.NET toolbar.  Well in CS4 there is not ASP.NET toolbar. What is weird is that if you goto File New.  It still gives you the option to create an ASP.NET file.  You would think that if you were going to ditch the toolbar you would remove support for the files too.  Adobe has forever been in bed with Mac people. As the design world all use Macs for Graphics and Production work.  I guess someone at Adobe decided that .NET guys were all Loyal Bill Gates fans, and decided to stick it to us.

I am sure I will eventually be migrating over to .NET.  But for now I will continue to use Dreamweaver CS3 as long as possible. 

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Michael Pereira | Jan 30, 2009 11:33 AM
WOW!!!!! WTF???? Come on Adobe....I completely love Adobe and all their products but as a developer I have to integrate design with functionality and being able to create .NET sites right on DW was awesome. I make small .NET apps in CS3 and if it gets complex I do my design in DW and convert to VS2008. This is a slap in the face for developers. DW is a design tool, true enough, but it was a pretty good development tool up until now. In all my years as a developer I have never been so disappointed!!! Get with it Adobe...Microsoft is here to stay...can't we all just get along????
David | Apr 12, 2009 10:36 AM
I use Dreamweaver CS3 and decided not to upgrade to CS4. VS2008 did make some improvement on xhtml and css support, however Dreamweaver is still king. I am looking forward to VS2010, and kind of excited about the product. The April edition of Visual Studio magazine states "For Web developers, VS 2010 adds much-needed designers and ASP>Net integration...". This includes better javascript Intellisense, snippets simliar to Dreamweaver, and One-click deployment. If this turns out to be the case, I can see a lot asp.net developers dropping Dreamweaver. David
Matt | Apr 30, 2009 9:37 AM
This is so incredible STUPID of Adobe! WTF! Talk about losing customers... .net is VERY popular. Thanks a lot Adobe! You suck.
Chris | Jun 11, 2009 4:41 AM
Paul, Visual Studio 2005 and 2008 support the Website model (as well as the Web Application model). The Website model allows you to have all your script and code on the server in its original format, which would allow you to make updates over FTP without having to build and all that. Pages are built as they are requested, code-behinds and all. I didn't miss the point of your post, it sucks that Dw dropped ASP.NET support. But I wanted to make sure that when you were out of town, you could still take care of things, even if you started in Visual Studio :)
Paul | Jun 11, 2009 3:17 PM
Chris, thanks for the tip. I didn't realize there was a way to keep the source code server side. I am still using Dreamweaver CS3 and its serving me well. If I make the move to Visual Studio you tip will come in handy. Thanks again
GJHDigital | Aug 29, 2009 8:56 AM
Hi, I have created quite a few Dreamweaver ASP.NET extensions that work in DW CS4 including some new Silverlight 1.0 and 2.0 extensions. Most are free for download. You can get them here: http://www.GJHDigital.com
GJHDigital | Dec 15, 2009 3:44 PM
I have a new Dreamweaver ASP.NET 2.0 Update Panel with Datagrid available on my website

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