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Dreamweaver CC no database behaviors or connections possible ?

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My system just updated my Dreamwever CC to the 2014 version.

As it turns out the 'databases' option is greyed out. I am trying to connect to a MySQL database but the option is not available, there are no folders for Disabledfeatures under the ProgramFiles/Adobe .. etc folder.  How can I restore this functionality ?  and why in the world would they remove this from CC 2014 ?
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Adobe has removed all of that from DW plus a bit more:

http://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/using/the-new-modernized-dreamweaver-cc.html

The official line from Adobe as to why is because "these features are not relevant to current users."

The translation of that is Adobe is tired of supporting the server behaviors that are expected to work across any server or version setup without problems.  Additionally, it is a recognition that Adobe thinks that web development is officially split into two camps....designers and developers/coders...and they are going after both markets by removing the automatic behaviors that allowed designers to pretend they are developers.  Code View is still around as is Code Hinting, so DW is still usable as an IDE.

All that being said, you can still get extensions that add all of that back in, but they will now be developed, distributed and supported by third parties.  I recommend Web Assist...

http://www.webassist.com/

Expensive, but very good.
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I am using Webassist products actually. I installed them on DWCC and I could not even make a connection. I got all sort of errors. I already opened a ticket with them but seems to take a while to get any sort of response on their forums.  :$
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Which product would you recommend using for generating code the way DW used to ?   For ASP  (DMXZone is one I know of), since webassist only caters to PHP developers.
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ASP Classic is pretty hard to find support for.  DMX Zone would have been my first thought.

As far as Web Assist support goes, I've always found them responsive within one to two business days.
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Sounds good. I read your credentials and you seem to the guy to go to.

I am trying to figure out what is the best way to learn how to develop an application (PHP/MySQL) to have the application look like:

https://www.mindbodyonline.com

OR

http://www.zendesk.com

Not sure if you are familiar with those. They are very clean looking web applications, almost wordpress like. But with nice MySQL database backend functionality.

How can I learn how to make an application look like so and then can I use dreamweaver still to develop the backend functionality with web assist extensions ?  Or is there a software to develop MySQL driven wordpress websites ?
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You've asked that question before and there isn't a particularly good answer other than: learn things.  A lot of things

You will need to learn about HTML, CSS, fonts, various Javascript libraries (JQuery, Bootstrap, node.js, etc), PHP, MySQL, possibly MVC frameworks like Cake, responsive design and more.  

There's no magic bullet.  For example, MindBody is using:

Drupal 7 - CMS
Modernizr - JavaScript Framework
Vue.js - JavaScript Framework
PHP - Programming Language
jQuery - JavaScript Framework
Typekit - Font Script
yepnope.js - JavaScript Framework

That's a lot of learning and we didn't even touch on the databases.

Or is there a software to develop MySQL driven wordpress websites ?

WordPress is MySQL-driven so the question doesn't make a ton of sense.
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Thanks. Yes, tons to learn. I am switching from Classic ASP to PHP and MySQL Driven web applications and want to make them look like those sites. So .. here I go ...
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Thanks for all the help with this  !
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Your post above has language that indicates you are setting yourself up for failure.

I am switching from Classic ASP to PHP and MySQL Driven web applications and want to make them look like those sites.

PHP and MySQL affect what things do.  HTML and CSS affect how things look. If you don't already know how to modern front-end design and you also need to learn a new programming language, pick ONE thing to learn now....design or development and hire an expert to provide the other or (in the case of design) go with pre-made templates on a framework.  Trying to learn both at the same time will mean you will learn both slowly/poorly and this will affect your career and product(s) in all sorts of negative ways.

Designer/developers are rare.  That's why they have the nickname "unicorns"
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And that would be me my friend. A def. unicorn. Been doing this for 10 yrs but its time to learn again ... like it ever stops huh ?
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