Chapter 31

Building Websites with a Team

In This Chapter

  • Keeping current with Check In/Check Out
  • Storing information with Design Notes
  • Assembling interactive reports
  • Integrating with Contribute
  • Using Visual SourceSafe with Dreamweaver
  • Accessing a WebDAV server
  • Source control with Subversion

Major websites that are designed, developed, and maintained by one person are increasingly rare. After a site has reached a certain complexity and size, it’s far more timely and cost-effective to divide responsibility for different areas among different people. For all its positive aspects, team development has an equal number of shortcomings—as anyone who has had his or her work overwritten by another developer working on the same page will attest.

Dreamweaver includes a number of features that make it easy for teams to work together. In addition to the existing Check In/Check Out facility, version control and collaborative authoring have been enabled in Dreamweaver through the connectivity to the WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) standard. Of special note is Dreamweaver’s robust support for Subversion, the open source version-control system.

Another member of the Adobe software family, Contribute, is tightly integrated with Dreamweaver. Contribute-enabled sites can be administered directly from within Dreamweaver with full access to the latest version of Contribute administrative controls.

In addition to providing links to industry-standard protocols used in team development, ...

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