In This Part...
Here you've been slaving in a techno-wilderness, filled with arcane HTML tags and bizarre CGI programming rituals; now, you'll finally find out what kinds of tools are available to help you with this work. Did we wait until near the end of this book-length adventure, only to tell you that you could have "automagically" reached Web nirvana just by buying or obtaining the right tools? Fortunately for us, the answer is "No." While there are lots of useful and interesting tools available, for use on many different development platforms, nobody's built a completely automatic Web construction kit just yet.
We'll start this part of the book in Chapter 22 by explaining what kinds of HTML (and Web server) tools are available these days, to give you an idea of what the state of the art is. In the chapters that follow, you'll have a chance to inspect the offerings for UNIX machines, Macintosh desktops, and finally, the ubiquitous and ever-popular Microsoft Windows environment.
By the time you're through with this part of the book, you should have a good idea of what kinds of tools are available and where to start looking for them for your own favorite authoring environment. Finally, you should have a good feel for what kinds of Web server capabilities are available, and how the various platforms can help to realize them.