Adobe ditches ASP.NET Support in Dreamweaver CS4
Posted on Dec 20, 2008 by Paul White
Before I get into the meat of my rant. For anyone who is currently using CS3 dreamweaver, and likes to use .NET.
DO NOT UPGRADE TO CS4!!
. 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
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.