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Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual Paperback – Nov 14 2002
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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. Theres even a step-by-step tutorial for creating an interactive Web database using Microsofts ASP programming language, new to Dreamweaver MX.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 19 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Riccardo Audano
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003
This is one of the few books that I would recommend. It has good content and tutorials that were actually helpful! Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on July 30 2003 by Felix
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
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 morePublished on July 11 2003 by John Gu
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