This review is from: PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 (Paperback)Beginning July and this book has finally shipped! I Got it a few days ago and I am only half way into it, but it seems like a good 'investment' Finally a book that explains all the aspect of using PHP and MySQL with DreamWeaver MX2004. Most of it is applicable to DreamWeaver MX (6.x).
The content is excellent and despite the somewhat dry writing style very well structured and with great depth. Many other books failed for me to convey the whole idea of using PHP in DMX but this one finally works for me. Not only do they give great advice, but the debugging / trouble shooting section is extensive and certainly helpful for beginners (like me) and intermediates. It's not easy reading and not as enjoyable as Jeffrey Zeldmans "Designing with Web Standards" but that may be due to the topic and covered material. Databases are somewhat complex by nature.
The only thing I don't particularily care about is the layout. It starts with a typewriter style Table of Contents and ripples thru the book with somewhat inconsistent layout. (Some pictures have capitons others don't, some paragrahps are wider than others despite being of the same importance etc.) But that's mostly for the eye.
There is no CD included for the samples but that may be a good thing. Since "learning by doing" is less effective when taking shortcuts and simply loading the examples. However, if you don't like typing, the author's website provides downloads.