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May 14, 2006

Go Live?

So for years I have been building websites with what I thought were sticks and stone tools. It turns out that sometimes the simple stuff is what works the best. Let me back pedal a bit...

I've been doing web development for about 5 years now and when I started, there weren't really any good tools available. Before starting in the area of web development, I was doing hard core C++ programming for realtime signal processing. We had some great development tools for C++, but for HTML and PERL, there wasn't much around.

Over time tools were developed, but I had gotten so used to building sites with the old vi editor and optiperl that I ignored them. Well, about a week ago I started on a big web development project that required some elaborate web design. I decided that I needed some proper tools so I purchased the Adobe CS2 Suite (GoLive, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Flash, and Indesign). I did the tutorials and started on my web design journey.

Illustrator is very stable, but I noticed right from the start that GoLive was buggy. It started crashing for no obvious reason, so I figured I was running out of memory. The old workhorse only had 1gb of ram so I beefed it up to 3gb (on sale at compusa) and proceeded on my journey.

Well, it turns out that memory was not the problem. The program was crashing all the time and I was loosing my work more often than not. I started saving everytime I made the smallest change (what a pain).

In the end I abandoned the program and went back to my stone tools.

For the record, GoLive CS2 is really quite dead.

Posted by Hefe at May 14, 2006 09:54 PM

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