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Product Details

  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764544047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764544040
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 4.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,702,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

This book is primarily for complete beginners to web site programming who have access to Dreamweaver MX (or are using the trial version to check it out), and want to learn how to create dynamic web sites with it.

As you work through the book you'll learn how to program using Active Server Pages (ASP). In addition, the core concepts you learn in building web sites with ASP are easily transferred to other languages. Therefore, this book will also serve you well if you plan to use Dreamweaver MX in conjunction with JavaServer Pages (JSP), ASP.NET, PHP, or ColdFusion MX -- the book includes four appendices that provide fast-paced guides on how to get started using JSP, ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion MX with Dreamweaver MX. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Dreamweaver is used by 1.7 million developers and is the world’s most popular web development tool. With this book you’ll learn how to use the latest version – Dreamweaver MX – to create professional websites that you’ll be proud to publish.

Our fast-paced tutorials walk you through building three complete websites: a personal site to share your interests over the Web, a dynamic sports site that remembers your visitors’ personal settings, and an easily configurable online catalog built from reusable components. Along the way, you’ll learn all the skills that you need to work confidently with Dreamweaver MX.

Who is this book for?

If you’ve never built a website before, we’ll show you how to build powerful and professional sites that impress. If you’re an experienced web developer, we’ll show you how to migrate your existing skills to Dreamweaver MX.

Learn how to:

  • Add dynamic effects to web pages (such as drop-down menus) using JavaScript and DHTML
  • Let visitors interact with your site and leave you feedback by using forms
  • Create personalized, up-to-the-minute content for each visitor with ASP (Active Server Pages) programming
  • Apply authentication and authorization techniques to protect private information from unauthorized users
  • Dynamically update and extract content stored in databases

We will then go even further and introduce you to a cutting-edge approach to site development, reusing a component called the building block, which enables fast website development. You’ll also learn about Dreamweaver MX’s built-in support for the ASP.NET, JavaServer Pages™, PHP, and ColdFusion® MX programming languages.


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First I thought this book over explains everything. When I started encountering territories that I'm not familiar with, I started to greatly appreciate the author's method of teaching. This book teaches you by getting you working on real projects from scratch. While you are following the step by step instructions, the author explains the science and whys of these instructions. The only drawback of this book is that project 1 seems to be tested only on Internet Explorer. I tried the files with Netscape 4.79 and 6.2 they both showed some flows that took me hours to figure out how to fix. Also I had to use a behavior extension to recover the mess, in Netscape, made by adding layers. Apart from that all my projects have worked perfectly. The second part is code intensive which I really appreciate. This book will show what's going on behind the scenes. Therefore you won't be limited by what Dreamweaver can offer. It will show you the way to go beyond Dreamweaver's ability. This is not a "for dummies" type of book. You have to follow the instructions very carefully. All the mistakes in this project turned out to be mine. For the effort made to write this book I cannot give less than five stars. I wouldn't hesitate to buy Professional Dreamweaver MX if it exists.
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By A Customer on May 17 2003
Format: Paperback
I just purchased this book because I am a new user of Dreamweaver. After going through this book, I have to disagree with the negative reviews I read here. Like Charles Brown's Fireworks MX book, it teaches both the program and the principles of web design.
First of all, the book has the reader build three fairly complicated website step-by-step as promised. However, unlike other step-by-step books I have read, they require careful reading and understanding. As an example, Chapter 2 has the reader build a complex system of embedded tables. The reader is warned to take this slowly and carefully. It took me several tries before I fully understood the concept and completed it successfully but the end result was an incredible learning experience. The book was complete and correct. These are not knock-off exercises.
By the time I completed the book, I had a thorough knowledge of the program and web design. I had built sites with database and JavaScript behaviors. Again, this book was not a quick read but it works.
From what I see at the Wrox site, Wiley just took them over and will be reopening the site soon. I have to agree with the reviewer that this is the best book on Dreamweaver MX written. I will stick with Charles Brown's books as they come out.
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I purchased 3 WROX books in the past this with good success. I expected the same thoroughness, but unfortunately, couldn't find it in this one.
As a somewhat seasoned developer using both Visual Studio and GoLive on our Corporate Intranet, I only needed to acquire familiarity with the features within Dreamweaver for my own personal use.
I enjoyed the overview and first few chapters in this book, and soon began to appreciate the potential this book might have. At the end of chapter two, I compared my project with the illustration in the book. They didn't look the same. I was determined to find out why, so I compared my code with the downloaded code. They were different. I rechecked the steps in the book looking for the missed steps, but didn't see it.
If you want to learn Dreamweaver MX, and don't mind checking your code with the downloaded code, then this book might work for you. For me, I'll look elsewhere.
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By A Customer on May 13 2003
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I purchased this book from our local bookstore. I browsed through the pages and liked what I seen. I then brought this book home and excitingly began reading and attempting to follow the "Try It Out" exercises. In reality, I spent too much time struggling with the typos, inconsistencies and missing steps.

After about two weeks, I gave up using this book. I just recently discovered Amazon and more importantly, discovered the customer review section. I'll pay special attention to this section and choose my next book when both a "Look inside this book" feature is provided, and after I decipher which reviews are real versus those from those sponsoring the book (two highly rated reviews from the same location on the same day).
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By A Customer on April 13 2003
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I purchased this book hoping to learn how to build complete websites as mentioned on Wrox's web site. It's not happening. I tired to follow the exercises, but found way too many errors. Pictures don't match what your asked to type, you're given wrong instructions (type: Enter vs. press: Enter etc), and one exercise instructs you to open a file that doesn't even exist. I tried Wrox's site to look for corrections, but according to them, "There are no errata for this book". I hope they do better in the next revised publication. Still searching for a good book!
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I bought this book with lots of worries that I won't benefit from it cuz it says beginning but I did learned a lot.
This book is meant for ppl who know HTML, ASP and JavaScript. It teaches you step by step how to benefit from DWMX to expedite your code or to automate parts of your code such as the repeated regions and navigation tools.
Most of the problems I have face, I discovered that they were a typo from me or syntax error that I did.
I really recommend it
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