Dreamweaver Extensions from DMX Zone

Submitted by Richard Sheppard on Thu, 16/06/2005 - 00:00

At the end of last month, I purchased a the Mega Bundle Editor PHP set of Dreamweaver MX 2004 extensions from DMXZone.com - a site well known in the Dreamweaver extensions business. Two of my closest web dev colleagues swear by them for file uploading and general content management sections of web sites. Looking at my DMXZone account, I was reminded that I purchased the Pure PHP Image Bundle set of extensions in 2003. As a result, I was given a discount for the new set I purchased in May as it counted as an upgrade offer.

Yesterday, after demonstrating a page I had build with the Advanced HTML extension to AW, he pointed out that I had version 1 of the AdvHTML extension, that it was rubbish, and that I should have got version 2 instead - version 1 was soo old skool, that it should be considered "ye olde skoole". He even remembered a fact that I thought he would consider trivial - that version 1 didn't work with any Mac browsers!

So, I started looking into it in some detail, and it wasn't easy to understand the DMX Zone product range. To say, "it wasn't easy" is an understatement. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I purchased the PHP Mega Bundle version 1, which didn't have the AdvHTML extension. At first, I was indignant and considered writing a stiff letter. A letter so stiff, in fact, that it would need to be written on cardboard. Not only that, I was also going to send it.

Instead, I decided to fork out the extra £55 or so, as in the end, the only extension that was different in the new and improved Mega Bundle Editor PHP 2 was the AdvHTML extension, and considering the previous upgrade, I've still paid less than had I bought the new stuff altogether.

del.icio.us - Social Bookmarking, and why I keep coming back to it

Submitted by Richard Sheppard on Tue, 14/06/2005 - 00:00

Some months ago, while looking at blogs of different web designers and Apple developers, I found out about http://del.icio.us .

The concept of social bookmarking wasn't jaw-droppingly amazing, but it was compelling to me from the point of view that I could get to some of my favourite sites if I wasn't in front of *my* computer, where I had bookmarked specific sites. As with many new technologies and web sites, my enthusiasm waned within 24-48 hours.

In my new role at Emart however, I realised that my colleagues are likely to have much longer attention spans and that we could create a list of favourites, or a combination of favourites from everyone in the company, by using del.icio.us bookmarks. By revisiting del.icio.us social bookmarks, I've rediscovered the true use of the site, and also understand that my short attention span has a purpose. Perhaps it's not really a *short attention span* in the first place.