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fsiano

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Hey Guys,

I have been with oscommerce for over a year and absolutely love it. I have a few small questions that will probably make my life a lot easier. When you guys are testing changes in your shops, do you run webservers on your machines so you can see changes direct? I always upload to my server for every change I make.

I want to design my front page in dreamweaver as many of you said you do although in dreamweaver it just looks like a mess or code tidbits. Does your page with images,etc show up in dreamweaver? Please fill me in. I want to be able to move things around see them. I always seem to mess up the code if I even try to move a single thing. Let me know if there is an easier way that undating by hand and simply uploading to your webserver.

(I feel that there must be an easier way to real time play around, apache on your own machine????let me know. I know my post is very choppy but I have a head cold and could hardly think straight)

I hope someone understands my question. Thank you for all who read and reply

thank you

frank s

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Frank, I do edits right on the server too. If I'm worried about a difficult edit I do it on a second copy of my store on a web server. It just seems easier to use a server than to install a bunch of stuff on any computer I might be making changes from.

In olden times the men were made of iron and the ships were made of wood; now it's the other way around. :wink:

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I do everything locally and move the files to the webserver when I am finished.

 

You will not be able to see your pages in any editor as they would appear to the end user because they are server-side processed.

 

If you like Dreamweaver then use it. Use whatever editor you happen to have/like. I am cursed as a text-coder and used UltraEdit for my editing. What editor you use does not matter so long as it is not from Microsoft (i.e. no FrontPage or Visual Interdev).

 

Your best bet is to become familiar with PHP. Read the manual and get to know the language. If you are installing a contribution, check what the changes are doing in the manual before applying them. That way you will get a better of idea of what is going on and perhaps why it is not working.

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - A. Einstein

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What editor you use does not matter so long as it is not from Microsoft (i.e. no FrontPage or Visual Interdev).
The editor in Visual Studio works fine. I use it for same reasons you use UltraEdit. Wordpad and Notepad work but aren't very helpful because they don't give line numbers. Something that includes a "find in files" function is helpful for finding and editing text spread across several subdirectories.

In olden times the men were made of iron and the ships were made of wood; now it's the other way around. :wink:

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What editor you use does not matter so long as it is not from Microsoft (i.e. no FrontPage or Visual Interdev).
The editor in Visual Studio works fine. I use it for same reasons you use UltraEdit. Wordpad and Notepad work but aren't very helpful because they don't give line numbers.

Okay, you got me on that one. ;)

 

I did not expect many people here to be using Visual Studio.

 

Something that includes a "find in files" function is helpful for finding and editing text spread across several subdirectories.

That is why I like UltraEdit. I can do a search and replace through 1,000 files in under 18 seconds. 8)

 

While that does not mean much anymore with the dynamic sites, back when sites were almost entirely html that feature was a life saver!

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - A. Einstein

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ultra edit, mmm... i havent heard of that, where do you get it, i use magmua studio, it seems pretty good, but the problem is, osc is notvery compatible for use with deamweaver, which i found very annoying,

visual is the best way to edit files,

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I find that using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX is the easiest for me. It is a great tool, mainly becuase you can create 'sites' which gives you direct access to all of the files you need for a given site/project.

 

Lots of great tools, options, and features.

 

Like was said before, just use what you are comfortable with. We're all gonna have different ways of doing what we do.

 

-Chris

Chris Sullivan

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yeh, for me dreamweaver is the preferrred way, but i am finding its very hard to get osc to work with it

Don't die with the music in you!!!

 

Failure is just another boundary to sucess!!! But that doesn't mean your getting somewhere...

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I have found a very nice text editor and suprise, it's free! There are multiple plug-ins available for it, you can work with multiple code languages without conflicts (javascript, html, css, php) and almost any language can be read or saved. You can even move to a preview mode to see how your layout is working. It has tag wizards and auto complete for tags you use often. I use it to edit all my php files for osCommerce. The last and maybe the best feature is that once you are done coding there is a feature called TIDY that will check for any errors. I know this sounds like a advertisment, but I know from experience it's a great program.

 

Anyhow, you can go to HotScripts.com and do a search for HTML-Kit to find it.

Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

 

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