8 Webmasters Talk About Their Tools
A tourist in New York stopped an old violinist on the sidewalk and asked, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"
"Practice, practice, practice!" the musician responded.

 Doing anything well takes about ten percent talent, ten percent decent tools and eighty percent hard work. You can be a musical genius and own the finest Stradivarius, but to get to Carnegie Hall takes practice, practice practice! Designing web pages is no different. Despite the claims of dozens of software companies, there is nothing you can buy off the shelf that will take the place of learning the rudiments of hypertext markup language (HTML) and fussing with the code until you understand its power and limitations.

 You don't need expensive software to write HTML. Everything from hyperlinks to Javascripts can be generated in the Ascii editor Notepad, tossed in for free with Windows 3.x and Windows 95. All current wordprocessing programs now include modest HTML capabilities and Netscape Navigator Gold, a free download, also contains a decent editor. This isn't to say that the tools of the trade are chopped liver. Flame wars have been fought over the relative merits of Hot Dog versus Cool Cat, and Front Page versus Net Objects Fusion. 

We've asked eight Alamo PC webmasters to describe the software they use to design their web sites. What a variety! The programs you select will depend on whether you need to create one simple, small, static site or several complex, large, dynamic ones. You can spend nothing . . . or thousands. But, whatever you decide upon, remember: practice, practice, practice! 

The Webmasters: