I remember the 90’s. I was a wizard using Dreamweaver, and I was one of the best Cold Fusion developers in the world. I could table up a website in my sleep. I could output an Access database with my eyes closed. I rocked tags most people web developers today have never even heard of.
Then came div tags. Div tags were great back in the day. It allowed your website content to reformat based upon the size of the browser. We had almost four different screen sizes back then, so that was pretty important. Admittedly, most of the browsers didn’t support div tags the same way, so presentation was severely hampered. Ultimately, tables won out in the front-end coding world.
If you wanted a content management system, you needed to custom build it. Tools like Joomla, WordPress, or even Movable Type were years away, so any sort of coding required custom development. This is one of the primary reasons I was so focused on Cold Fusion. To tell you the truth, I still like Cold Fusion, but that’s neither here nor there. One of the interesting, niche tricks I had up my sleeve was my mastery of Server Side Includes. This technology was ridiculously fast, and provided the ability of parting out straight HTML. (more…)