“Should I use Dreamweaver to code websites?” my short answer is, no – you should learn to use an editor that was made with coders as the main focus.
“But doesn’t Dreamweaver have a code editor build into it?”
Yes, Dreamweaver contains a code editor. But my answer to why a coder should not use it goes back to the original intent of the application. The intent of Dreamweaver was to give people who don’t know how to code websites the power to build websites . Today, Dreamweaver has changed quite a bit, giving coders some more tools to work with, but it hasn’t lost it’s original intent.
Adobe’s focus with Dreamweaver is to create a website development tool that reaches the widest audience possible; which in-turn increases sales. Because of this goal, Dreamweaver has everything and the kitchen sink in it. Dreamweaver (in my opinion) suffers from feature bloat because it has such a wide target audience and the program is not 100% focused on the coder’s needs.
Hats down to the Adobe Dreamweaver team for making a tool that reaches such a wide audience, but I will never use it because it doesn’t have me (the coder) as the main focus. My advise for coders is to find a tool that is solely focused on you, the developer and leave the design / hybrid software behind.