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Macromedia ColdFusion MX Development with Dreamweaver MX: Visual QuickPro Guide [Paperback]

Sue Hove , Marc A. Garrett , Ben Forta
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Dec 30 2002 0321158024 978-0321158024 1

Creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites used to be too cumbersome for anyone but serious hand-coding programmers. Now, thanks to Dreamweaver's improved code generation tools, you can use Dreamweaver MX and ColdFusion MX to bypass the hurdles formerly involved with creating dynamic Web applications. ColdFusion MX Development with Dreamweaver MX: Visual QuickPro Guide, written by Macromedia's own certified instructors and developers, eases you into creating complex Web applications using these improved code generation tools. The book relies on the Visual QuickPro Guide's trademark task-based format with plenty of screenshots to show you how to use Dreamweaver's built-in wizards and behaviors before moving on to tackle more complex tasks such as creating and assigning variables and performing more advanced coding in the Code View.

If you've hit a wall with your site and want to quickly and easily transform it into a full-fledged Web application through the addition of dynamic elements and database connectivity, no other book will help you reach your goal faster. Easy-to-follow step-by-step tasks let you get to work from the very first chapter, and in no time, you'll be creating database-driven Web applications that can process forms, display data from databases, prompt for logins, send email, and more.


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Creating dynamic, database-driven Web sites used to be too cumbersome for anyone but serious hand-coding programmers. Now, thanks to Dreamweaver's improved code generation tools, you can use Dreamweaver MX and ColdFusion MX to bypass the hurdles formerly involved with creating dynamic Web applications. ColdFusion MX Development with Dreamweaver MX: Visual QuickPro Guide, written by Macromedia's own certified instructors and developers, eases you into creating complex Web applications using these improved code generation tools. The book relies on the Visual QuickPro Guide's trademark task-based format with plenty of screenshots to show you how to use Dreamweaver's built-in wizards and behaviors before moving on to tackle more complex tasks such as creating and assigning variables and performing more advanced coding in the Code View.

If you've hit a wall with your site and want to quickly and easily transform it into a full-fledged Web application through the addition of dynamic elements and database connectivity, no other book will help you reach your goal faster. Easy-to-follow step-by-step tasks let you get to work from the very first chapter, and in no time, you'll be creating database-driven Web applications that can process forms, display data from databases, prompt for logins, send email, and more.

About the Author

Sue Hove is Macromedia's Director of Instructor Readiness. At Macromedia, she supports and certifies the 800+ instructors worldwide. Neil Robertson Clark is part of Team Macromedia. He has been developing with ColdFusion since 1997 and is also a heavy-duty Macromedia beta tester of Dreamweaver, Fireworks, ColdFusion Server/Studio, and Sitespring.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A good starter... Jan. 20 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is a good primer for static HTML designers wishing to make the leap to ColdFusion MX. This is especially true if you're a new or experienced user of Dreamweaver MX.
While you won't finish the book and become fully versed in CF development, tags and administration, you will be able to work well with CF developers and their CF templates. This will make it easy to plug the design over a the back-end scripting or vice-versa.
The next step in becoming comfortable CF developer would be the "Developing ColdFusion Applications" books by Ben Forta. If you know HTML, start with this book, then move on to the Forta books for an in-depth look at CF and developing applications.
Whichever route you choose, don't be discouraged if you struggle with some concepts. Try experimenting and keep developing over time... the only way become proficient in CF. There are a ton of resources, newsgroups and mailing lists for when you get stuck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New to ColdFusion March 10 2004
Format:Paperback
I'm new to ColdFusion and am a hard person to teach. I don't do well after just reading a book. I needed a more tutorial or hands-on based book to walk me through and allow me to actually do it. I'm on chapter 6 so far and with the exception of some serious problems with the steps on page 51 (Ben Forta has an errata on his website for this page) its been great. I can usually tell if I am going to get anything out of a book or not after the first few pages or a chapter. Which is why I bought this book about a week after buying ColdFusion MX with Dreamweaver MX by David Green. Not sure why people say in some reviews that there is "too much talk" in these books, I need all the information I can get and this book seems to provide it in a way that even I can understand..and let me tell you thats saying a lot. Hope you have as good of an experience as I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book! Feb. 9 2003
Format:Paperback
The authors, Marc and Sue, have taken their time and obviously performed their research on their target market as well. I can say that because this has to be the best beginner book for making ColdFusion MX web sites with Dreamweaver MX that I have read to date.
I found the book to be very well organized, easy to read, thorough in it's discussion and the included exercises of the task at hand.
Not only do they cover the basics in the first segment of the book, but they get into hand coding and advanced features of ColdFusion MX in the second section of the book.
For a little book (312 pages), it certainly is packed with punch! If you want to get started making ColdFusion MX Web sites with Dreamweaver MX, then I highly recommend this as your first educational resource for the project you have been craving to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sue Hove is great!! Feb. 4 2004
Format:Paperback
I bought this book last week. I was kind of expecting another "demo jockey" visual quickstart book. Instead of showing you what each menu item does...this book takes you through a more tutorial based learning experience. I have found this book to be extremely helpful. I am not a programmer, and frankly have little desire to be one. This book shows you Dreamweavers object oriented approach to creating coldfusion apps through Dreamweavers codegen functionality. I have been corresponding with the author (Sue Hove) and she has informed me that there are really no changes from DreamweaverMX and Dreamweaver MX 2004's codegen functionality. So this is the book to get even if you are running MX 2004 and coldfusion mx 6.1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb step-by-step guide Jan. 29 2003
By P. J.
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent, easy to understand, step by step guide to the application programming aspects of building dynamic ColdFusion MX web sites with Dreamweaver MX. The book covers both the wizard-like, fill-in-the-blank approach, using Dreamweaver's server behaviors, as well as CFML hand-coding. The authors' style is easy to understand, and the concepts are laid out in a "task oriented" format that allows the reader to skip to a particular section to learn a troubling concept without having to build an entire application that starts in the first chapter. This book is a top notch learning tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book about ColdFusion! May 1 2003
Format:Paperback
If you want to start learning ColdFusion and are a Dreamweaver MX user, this is the book to get. It will guide you step by step through the basic concepts you need to know to get started. After completing this book you will be ready to move on to one of more advanced books. I bought Ben Forta's book first and tried several times to start learning ColdFusion, and failed. Now, after going through the "Visual QuickPro Guide", Forta's book makes more sence. The best beginners guide out there!
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