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Part: VII Appendixes > Using Dreamweaver to Write CFML

Using Dreamweaver to Write CFML

ColdFusion is written in plain text, so you can use any text editor you like to write CFML—even Notepad or Simpletext. However most developers can write code much faster and easier with a dedicated development environment. With the release of Dreamweaver MX, Macromedia no longer produces ColdFusion Studio, which was the tool used by designers to help code their ColdFusion pages. Instead, many of the features of ColdFusion Studio have been incorporated into Dreamweaver MX. This makes Dreamweaver the primary development environment for ColdFusion pages, with the ease of use provided by its visual tools, such as server behaviors, combined with some very powerful tools for hand-coding.

If you are used to using HomeSite, ColdFusion Studio, or another code-based editor, you may prefer the layout of the HomeSite/Coder-style workspace, with the panels docked on the left side, as shown in Figure E.2. This view of your pages echoes the layout of ColdFusion studio in previous ColdFusion versions. To get this workspace, choose Edit, Preferences, and the General category. Then click the button marked Change Workspace. Select the HomeSite/Coder-style workspace option.


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