Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Dreamweaver Users Rejoice! Support for JS Libs Now Available.

Category: Adobe, jQuery, Prototype

Adobe Dreamweaver isn’t know for it’s JavaScript support let alone coding help for the popular JavaScript libraries and frameworks. Up to now, developers and designers who’ve used DW for their client-side work have been left out of the fun of other IDEs such as Eclipse and Komodo . That’s all changed now that to a couple new extensions for Dreamweaver have been built. Chris Charlton, Community Manager for RMI, has created extensions for Dreamweaver versions 6-9 (MX-CS3) that offer support for jQuery 1.2 and Prototype 1.6 development.

The jQuery API extension seems to be the farthest along offering code completion, code hints, code coloring, and a bunch of snippets that early beta users liked. The Prototype API extension only has basic code completion but is due for an update in the next few weeks to offer extended code hints. The code hints appear when editing a JS document and has a short video of an extension in use. The demo video and downloads are freely available at We use these tools every day and help train people… it’s time the tools get better.

He’s also planning on incorporating support for other libs and I’m sure would love some support in making this happen. So all you MooTools and YUI developers, get on the horse and help Chris out.

Posted by Rey Bango at 7:00 am

4.3 rating from 33 votes


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Would be lovely for when you do:
$.ajax( it shows you what the options are, so you don’t have to flood to the docs every single time.

Comment by balupton — January 30, 2008

finally! I use dreamweaver with prototype everyday at work!

Comment by Kyriakos — January 30, 2008

Get Ext API for Dreamweaver MX2004 here:

And a new version for Dreamweaver CS will coming soon…

Comment by ericsuen — January 30, 2008

ok… i’ll give a cool $5 to whoever….

(looks at post right above)…
Never mind! Someone did do an Ext Extension. Now I can keep my $5.

Comment by igaenssley — January 30, 2008

@balupton: .bind( has what you’re requesting, so I’ll see what I can apply to $.ajax( .

@Kyriakos: The Prototype API extension is slim compared to the jQuery one right now, please let me know what you think. We wanted to make sure others didn’t feel left out – looks like Ext has some love already too (ericsuen’s comment above).

@ericsuen: Dope, would you like any help from If so contact me (Chris)

Comment by ccharlton — January 30, 2008

Although I don’t use Dreamweaver, I have CS3 Master Collection so maybe I’ll dust it off Dreamweaver code view and check this out. Thanks for letting us know, Rey.

Comment by Marc — January 30, 2008

Can’t get to the site. I get a DNS failure on

Comment by /j — January 30, 2008

@/j: It worked for me. Try again.

Comment by Rey Bango — January 30, 2008

Thats wonderful! The only thing really keeping me from using Dreamweaver now is the lack of svn support.

Comment by dainbrain — January 31, 2008

This is great! Can’t wait for someone to add a piece to it. ;-)

Comment by macsavers — February 8, 2008

@macsavers: There is plan to add but we’re still in debate as to package it with the Prototype API extension or as an add-on, which requires more testing (or a longer public beta phase).

Comment by ccharlton — February 17, 2008

Love the jQuery code hints! but hate the way it modifies my color coding for embedded JavaScript… script blocks inside HTML files are all pink!

any way around this?

Comment by boutinp — August 15, 2008

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