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Chapter 16. Working with Visual Tools > The Pros and Cons of Visual Tools

The Pros and Cons of Visual Tools

At first glance, what's not to like about programs that will write JavaScript for you? After all, these tools let you do a tremendous number of cool things without the skull sweat required to learn JavaScript. But like most labor-saving devices, these programs impose their own set of unique constraints upon you. Let's take a closer look.

The Good Side

The best thing about visual tools is also the most obvious thing: you can add DHTML and other JavaScript effects to your Web sites with virtually no prior coding knowledge needed. When you're trying to do complex things such as fly multiple objects around on a page using Cascading Style Sheets Positioning, programs like Dreamweaver or GoLive can be real time-savers.


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