Ask LUX! – Session 13

We have another fun question. Unfortunately, it’s not a pretty answer. (Took the liberty of editing the links).

What’s your opinion of GUI PHP editors? I’m not looking for a discussion
about the purity of hand-coding versus WYSIWYG editors, I’ve been using one
for HTML web pages for years and I appreciate the speed and efficiency it
offers. I’m wondering if you have an opinion on the scope and functionality
of the code one can create with these PHP editors.
Here are a few I’ve found:
PHP Generator
Roch Smith, Jr.

Okay Roch, sorry for the contemplation period but most of the staff were gorging themselves with wine and food over the holidays. In any case, the short of it is, if you are going to use it for any long term/heavy bandwidth uses, we don’t recommend using any sort of code generator.
The reasoning behind this is that there is no way to foresee all the scenarios ahead of time and thereby the code is rather inefficient in dealing with heavily loaded sites (this applies to all heavily loaded automatically generated code).
Outside of that, I would probably go with either dbQwikSite or dbSuite. Both seem to be good products based on their interfaces and feature sets, but we didn’t delve into testing. dbQwikSite seems more in tune with site design, while dbSuite seems more involved in the database end.

Well, back to the grind. Look forward to answering more tech questions for 2006!
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