The last version of Frontpage I used was Frontpage 2.0 back in... 1997? Lisa Wollin, a Microsoft programmer writer, nicely
summed up some of my Frontpage complaints on her blog
This review brought back some other Frontpage complaints I used to have:
In short, Frontpage was for novices, and did a lot to annoy anyone who knew
One of the nice things about working at Microsoft is you can download
and try out any software the company makes. So, I've had a chance to play with
Frontpage 2003, and I love it.
What a difference 7 years makes!
Things to stand out:
My favorite Frontpage 2003 feature is the new Split View:
Like the name suggests, it splits the window in half. Type code in the top pane and the
bottom pane automatically updates to show what you've done. Or be super
WYSIWYG in the bottom pane,
like drag links and pictures around, and the code in the top pane
It does this all while respecting my changes; no unexpected code changes. Very cool.
I used to be a super "Notepad snob" (or actually a
VIM snob), and I still prefer plain text when
pages with heavy SSI
(like my personal site) or pages with other
server-side gunk like ASP.NET. But, for pure HTML, I can't imagine using a
plain text editor anymore. I use Frontpage to author all these blog posts.
Anyone have other favorite HTML editors? I haven't used anything other than Frontpage
or plain text editors to edit HTML in a while.