Sunday, June 17, 2007

Nvu 1.0

Nvu is a web development program, similar to Microsoft Frontpage or Macromedia Dreamweaver. It's not quite as full featured, but works great to cook up a quick website, especially if you don't want to learn HTML.

Nvu is fully WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), although it has a Developer view so you can see and edit the HTML source being generated.

FTP uploading is there, and it even opens up HTML pages in tabs so you can work on a complete website simultaneously without overrunning the taskbar. Best of all, Nvu supports web templates, so you can create sites that have a unified theme without repasting everything on each page.

All in all, Nvu is good for beginner web development, but for the advanced folks, this won't make your life much easier since there's no support for Javascript, AJAX, or ASP. However, it does have a built in CSS editor, and it allows the embedding of PHP, but these features aren't very powerful - pros are better off with their text editor of choice.

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