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Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual [Paperback]

David Sawyer McFarland
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Nov. 14 2002 0596003498 978-0596003494 1

As the Web's popularity continues to skyrocket, so does that of Macromedia Dreamweaver, one of the most elegant and powerful Web-page creation programs available. Dreamweaver offers a rich, well-designed, WISYWYG environment for building cross-platform, cross-browser Web sites; but unlike most visual editors, it doesn't clutter up the underlying HTML programming by inserting unnecessary HTML tags that make large Web sites difficult to manage. Dreamweaver is a favorite of multimedia designers, thanks to its smooth integration with other Macromedia applications, like Flash and Shockwave.Dreamweaver MX (for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Windows) marks the historic union of Dreamweaver and Dreamweaver UltraDev, a package of Web-database language modules once sold separately. The new, unified program offers even more power--and Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual offers even more easily understood, witty lessons for harnessing it.As in his highly regarded Dreamweaver 4: The Missing Manual, author McFarland livens the book with unique,live examples,that let the reader see and test--on the Internet, itself--real Web pages that follow the development progress of the book's chapters. There's even a step-by-step tutorial for creating an interactive Web database using Microsoft's ASP programming language, new to Dreamweaver MX.In collaboration with Missing Manual series editor David Pogue, McFarland brings Dreamweaver MX to life with clarity, authority, and good humor. Armed with this book, the first-time or experienced Web designer will have little difficulty using DreamWeaver to create stunning, interactive Web sites.

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Dreamweaver MX (for Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, and Windows) marks the dramatic merger of two bestselling Web-design programs from Macromedia: Dreamweaver, for creating Web sites, and UltraDev, a package of Web-database language modules that were once once sold separately. As in his highly regarded Dreamweaver 4: The Missing Manual, author David McFarland livens this extraordinary guidebook with unique "live examples" that let the reader see and test--on the Internet itself--real Web pages. There’s even a step-by-step tutorial for creating an interactive Web database using Microsoft’s ASP programming language, new to Dreamweaver MX.

About the Author

David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer and trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Dec 7 2002
By A Customer
Never done a site before and I purchased Dreamweaver MX hearing that it was the way to go but maybe a little complicated for someone new to building sites. Well, after several evenings with Dreamweaver going through all the tutorials I thought I had gotten in over my head. I figured I'd give it one more shot after getting a manual.
This book made all the difference. The problem wasn't that the software was too complicated, the problem was the lack of clear documentation. This book clarified all the confusions I had and with a few more hours I was able to get a nice site up and running. It's really a crime the manufacturers don't include real manuals any more. Because of this book, I now think Dreamweaver is the greatest (with the exception of their decision not to include a real manual in the first place).
Worth every penny.
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There are really two types of people in this world. Those that WANT to read a user's manual cover to cover prior to tackling something new (and do so). And those that want to learn by doing and not spend hours reading how to learn. I, uh, have a laptop with a luscious fruit emblem sitting on a titanium casing-needless to say I fall into the latter category by nature.
I feel comfortable knowing my way around design programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, Streamline), but NEVER touch code. I knew the basic ideas of HTML (tags, headlines, body, title, line breaks) but not much more before purchasing this book.
After only a few hours reading the first 140 pages (easy reading), and following the tutorials (very clear and concise), I started developing my desired website. Within a few hours I had the semblance of the components all functioning in a "Preview in Browser" mode. And I'd say 70% of that time was actually designing and saving the files for each nav button, graphic box, and typing the text.
As many other reviews state, this book clearly explains the benefits as well as limitations of web design in general and to Dreamweaver specifically. There are plenty of references to Dreamweaver 4 for those who are upgrading. There are plenty of basic explanations of HTML, how to best utilize Dreamweaver AND HTML, and the perspective of end use (designing a cool web page) is never forgotten in this book.
McFarland and Progue hit the mark in almost every way with their organizational style, intuitive writing, simplistic tutorials, informative Figures and "Workaround Workshops", and understanding of HOW people want to USE an application like Dreamweaver MX.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, Comprehensive, Simply the Best March 2 2003
By A Customer
I've had a bit of experience with Dreamweaver, but this book rounded out my education. It contains all the information I needed (and more), has clear & well-written text, and an excellent structure that allowed me to access the information very quickly (they even made the binding in such a way that the pages lie flat). Not only is book accessible, but it continues to be a valuable resource on my bookshelf. As others have mentioned, one of the great things about this book is the fact that it also talks about Dreamweaver's limitations; options (such as frames) that could lead to problems later on. By the time I've gone through computer manuals, I usually riddle them with post-its in an effort to organize the information; this book is so well thought-out that so far I haven't needed to.
Earlier I'd bought the Visual Quickstart Guide's Dreamweaver MX manual (filled with post-it tabs in response to poor organization and because the information was so difficult to extract), but ever since I bought the McFarland book, the Quickstart Guide been collecting dust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A BRILLIANTLY SCULPTURED MANUAL Jan. 23 2003
This "Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual" is one brilliantly sculpture text, which provides authoritative reader-friendly information on the fine software.
With this book, any new user of 'Dreamweaver MX' would find his or her feet in a very short time. In the same vein, experienced users will appreciate its in-depth analysis of every aspect of the software, including the occassional highlights it made concerning its limitations. The outlook of this book is refined, and authoritative. Its versatility is superb. It has every important information that users of 'Dreamweaver MX' would need.
Indeed, it is a shame that profit-minded software manufacturers have consistently refused to include any sort of comprehensive users' manual in their packages. But, don't let this opportunity elude you, if you own (or use) 'Dreamweaver MX'. It is worth the asking price!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Lazy Sloppy Writer June 30 2003
By A Customer
You know the writer who doesn't bother checking the correct path, the correct titles of the choices, leaves out steps? You know the "author" who is blatantlyly inflating the number of words in the book with the same nerdy jokes repeated thousands of times? It seems the "author" is "new" to dynamic procedures and can't tell the steps he outlines are slipshod (and didn't bother following his steps to see if they're correct). Maybe he ran out of time and rushed the last part on Dynamic, Database-Driven Websites. And, of course, the editor also didn't actually check if any steps are missing in the explanations, etc. So everybody saved time and money at the customer's expense. Now that you are forewarned don't be a customer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book - It's the only one you'll need
As an experienced technical writer, this is the first book I've read that is written in the form of a step-by-step procedure. Read more
Published on May 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is where to start your DreamWeaver education
Really outstanding tutorial by a very good author. This book has a fun, entertaining, pedagogical but not wordy style and contains both sound advice and detailed step by step... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Riccardo Audano
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have.....
If you want to learn Dreamweaver, this is the book for you. Wonderful examples, tutorials and the writing style is very easy to understand. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing manual was surely missing!
This is one of the few books that I would recommend. It has good content and tutorials that were actually helpful! Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars as good as it gets for the developer
I am a developer that is usually annoyed by those visual books that assume that the reader will get a heart attack at the first sight of the code. Read more
Published on July 30 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book will certainly get you going on the right path for dreamweaver, it is a great book, well written, and I certainly recommend it.
Published on July 25 2003 by CS Books
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overall
I am a beginner at dreamweaver and to start off, I bought 2 dreamweaver books; this one and the visual quickstart guide to dreamweaver. Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by John Gu
5.0 out of 5 stars A beginner's dream come true!
This is an excellent book. It covers all major functions of Dreamweaver MX with detail and does not rush through the basic functionality. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2003 by Matthew Williams
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