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By Mawme ·
My son would like to start to learn how to build web pages. He asked me to buy him either Adobe GoLive 6.0 or Dreamweaver MX or the Macromedia Studio MX package? Which one should I buy?

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For the past few years, it seems Dreamweaver has had the upper hand with GoLive running a close second.

That said, I prefer GoLive. I think with quality software packages, the main deciding factor in what you use is what you know, what you have and what else you work with. I use most of the Adobe products extensively - Photoshop, Illustrator, Pagemaker...so the integration and familiarity of GoLive make it perfectly suited to me. I think getting a demo version and trying them out is the best idea...find out which is more intuitive to your son and which he enjoys more. Both are certainly capable tools...so it comes down to preference.

Here are reviews and comparisons of them that you may find helpful:

http://home.cnet.com/software/1,11066,0-3227860-1202-0,00.html?tag=st.sw.429606.dir.3227860

http://www.realworldgolive.com/six/DWvsGL.html

Both packages are very high quality and your son can do professional work with either. Let him try them and see which works best for him. It isn't so much the "tool" as the comfort of the professional using it with the tool....

Good luck!

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Let me give you a small explanation to start. The core language is which a web page is built is called HTML. the software you are talking about (Dreamweaver, etc) does nothing but create the code for you. In other words, using a visual interface, you drag and drop the objects you want on the program, and it will create the code to reproduce all that. Now, depending on your son's age, you should really think about what he really wants to learn. does he want to be a coder? in which case, he needsto learn THE LANGUAGE rather than use a friendly interface to do everything for him (he will most likely use this programs in the future, provided he understands what lies beneath first), but if all he wants is to be able to make simple pages on thefly for personal use or fun, then buy him one of those 2 softwares. It doesnt really make a difference, after all, they both do the same thing.

I am a programmer with over 5 years of experience. Im only 24 years old, and I faced the same situation when I started. I went for the coding rather than the interface.

I hope this helps, good luck!

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I would highly recommend the Macromedia Studio MX package, you get Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX plus several other useful programs. Dreamweaver is in my opinion the best web development package on the market today. Flash MX is great for web graphicsand interactive highly graphical user interfaces. - A great combination, however I would recomenend combining these with PHP to create dynamic websites.

An alternative would be to use VisualStudio.net and write ASP.NET in C# - I also highly recomend this approach but it is more of a "normal programming" approach than pure web development.

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