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Real World Adobe(R) GoLive(R) 5 [Paperback]

Jeff Carlson , Glenn Fleishman
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Oct. 31 2000 Real World
The definitive guide to Adobe GoLive 5 for Macintosh and Windows

Cross-platform approach to real-world Web design issues
Under-the-hood reference guide to getting the most out of GoLive 5
Hardcore tips and techniques by established Web design experts. GoLive 5 is Adobes premier cross-platform, Web development tool, offering superb HTML control, powerful site management, and support for Cascading Style Sheets, DHTML, and JavaScript. Both coders and designers use GoLives site creation and management tools to develop content for the Web. Adobe GoLive 5 now offers integration with XML, Adobe PDF, and Microsoft Active Server Pages, making it an industrial-strength giant in the Web design world. Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is the definitive guide for Web designers eager to master the ins and outs of GoLives many tools and features. The book targets all levels of users, starting with beginners who want to learn the basics of GoLives page creation, editing, and site management. It also targets intermediate and advanced users who know the software fairly well but want to learn the more complex features of GoLive, including scripting, animation, and style sheets. Useful as a tutorial or reference, Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is an ideal book for anyone wanting to increase productivity with this powerful Web design powerhouse. Previous Edition ISBN- 0-201-35474-8.

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Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is a big book on how to use Adobe's Web site authoring package in the real world to meet real design needs. This is not a take-you-by-the-hands class on GoLive, although it does cover application basics in the first section. Rather, it gives you solutions to real problems, and the authors expect you to have some familiarity with GoLive before you start.

The first of four main sections covers the basics: the interface, setting up GoLive preferences, and how the program works. Section two is all about "Pages"--the visual page editor, the text editor, and everything you can do with both. "Sites," section three, covers GoLive's excellent site-management tools, and section four discusses advanced topics like JavaScript, DHTML, cascading style sheets, and more.

The book is more like an extensive reference source than a tutorial. Virtually every feature is explained and can be looked up in the index, but you won't find a concise chapter on how to build an awesome site from A to B. This is the kind of book that you use as a desk reference, looking up topics as needed. Often, the examples cited are explained and illustrated more clearly than in Adobe's documentation.

One drawback is the lack of a CD-ROM. Examples, projects, source code, code snippets, animation--even a demo version of GoLive itself--would more than justify a CD-ROM. On the other hand, there are plenty of screen shots and sidebars.

GoLive 5 has matured into a powerful tool and has become a valuable member of the Adobe product family. Real World Adobe GoLive 5 is an important asset and reference book for the GoLive user. --Mike Caputo

From School Library Journal

Both of these books cover the latest version of the popular web page creation tool but in different formats. Classroom is a very structured guide for those who want a thorough tutorial. Readers can pace themselves and supplement lessons with project files on the accompanying CD-ROM. Real World, on the other hand, shows intermediate to advanced users how to translate design ideas into "practical expressions of page structure and HTML code." Though not comprehensive, it goes into greater depth than Classroom on the how's and why's of GoLive's features. For the price and broader applicability, buy Real World.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Well Written Dec 21 2001
By A Customer
Real World GoLive is not well written or edited. The text is laborious to read.
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I've been using GoLive since version 2.0 when it was called CyberStudio. Though I haven't become super-savvy with the program, I've known a enough to get by and make many high-impact websites. When I visit a new website with a feature I like, I try to figure out how they do it. That's why I bought this book.
I wanted to learn more about CSS (cascading style sheets), but this book DID NOT teach me how to make them. It explained what they were, where they came from, what the different types were, how they get used, what they can do, ways to use them, etc, etc., but it did not include simple step-by-step directions for creating them. It EXPLAINED how to make them in a series of short paragraphs, but that isn't much use at all.
They should have had a mini tutorial for it such as: Step 1. Create a new page Step 2. Type some text Step 3. Open the CSS Inspector Step 4. Highlight some of the text you wrote Step 5. Select options X,Y, and Z in the CSS Inspector Step 6. blah, blah, blah
That would have made this book so much better. Perhaps some people can learn by means of explanation without diagrams or specific instruction, but I'm not one of them. I prefer step-by-step help.
Imagine if you wanted to rebuild the engine on your car, and your only instructions were this: "The trick to rebuilding your engine is to remove it from your vehicle. Once removed from your vehicle you can put it on the floor or on a bench to take it apart. Once you've taken it apart, put it back together with all new parts and then put it back in your car."
Would you attempt to rebuild yor car if the instructions were phrased like that? Probably not, which is why I won't recommend this book to anybody except experts wanting to further their already savvy GoLive skills. Don't get me wrong, the book is crammed full of info and tips on a mountain of topics, but unless you know how to use all or most of GoLive's features, it won't serve you much help.
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If you are new and want to make a website this book is not for you. I t gives you the details and explanations of the commands and features, but will not teach you that where you should use grids or tables. If you are an intermediate user and want to have a complete control on golive this is for you. Sorry to say this book does not include any real life project so user will get an idea how to work. It is just like a manual. you have to read the book a-z to make a site.
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3.0 out of 5 stars golive real sometimes you get lost March 25 2001
It is good book but not for the novice web builder. Authors do a good job of highlighting the command structures, provide tips and tell how to use the many features of the program. However in some places, commands are refered to but there is no visual of the icon nor does it tell specifically where on the toolbar it is. This happens when trying also to figure how to design and set up sites and more. It is complicated program but more intuitive then dreamweaver and the authors point out the powerful features Sometimes you can do things with more then 1 set of commands and the authors talk about this. Pros and cons of using tables versus grids and how using certain functions will lock out certain users using versions of certain browsers. They need to provide a card or listing to the commands and a picture of each. It would have saved me a lot of time. This is a reference for GL5 and not a good manual for building a site with GL. If they did that I'd rate it 5 or at least a 4.
Also the authors have listserve board where gl5 users can post their questions, about the book and using gl5. They answer you which is good. This book and GL5 are not for the most novice web builders.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for novices March 21 2001
By A Customer
I had developed a web site using HTML 3.2 and a text editor and had no problem. But after buying GoLive5 and this book I was ready to chuck it all and go back to my text editor. The book will not show you how to create a website using GoLive. It will explain what everything does, but it doesn't show you how to use it. I found myself referring to the GoLive online help to understand the book. I finally gave up and purchased the SAMS Teach Yourself Adobe GoLive 5. A much better book for the beginning user and half the price. An experienced web designer might find Real World GoLive a good choice, but be prepared to wade through a lot of stuff to find what you need to know.
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The problem with Real World GoLive 5 (RWGL5) is that it is too technical (emphasis on the too). The first two chapters alone are dedicated to the myriad of inspectors found inside GL5. The remaining 30 chapters have a lot if not too much information crammed into them. You should see my RWGL5 book plastered with at least 200 sticky notes for futue reference. I wish there was a brief book to summarize my sticky notes.
RWGL5 or any book you find on GL5 should contain a CD tutorial that visually walks the user through the complex maze of inspectors and palettes. Adults learn by doing, not by reading.
A final thumbs down to the author's website dedicated to RWGL5 that promises to offer much more information, tutorials, tips and tricks (etc., not found in the book). Its nothing more than a promotional website hawking the book.
I advise anyone seriously interested in buying this book to stop by B&Ns and thumb through the book before buying. I wish I had.
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Published on Feb. 27 2001 by Ralph Sharp
1.0 out of 5 stars A convoluted pile of mush
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Published on Jan. 9 2001 by Bob Valicenti
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Published on Dec 15 2000 by music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the BEST GoLive 5 Book !!
Everything about this book is GREAT: * presents a very thorough coverage of the GoLive 5 interface * HIGHLIGHTS new features of GoLive 5 * illustrations are used wisely and... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2000 by Tan Kwan Seng
5.0 out of 5 stars My definitive guide to GoLive
I learned about 10 new and immensely helpful things in my first night reviewing only a few chapters of this book. I think I have just skimmed the surface. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2000 by Bill Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding effort................
Jeff Carlson and Glenn Fleishman took their great book, Real World GoLive 4 and built on the foundation to produce this outstanding book on web site development using Adobe... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by James E. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book for GoLive that's very good
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Published on Nov. 9 2000 by Steve C. Joyner
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