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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (Aug. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321719840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321719843
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

David Powers is the author of seven bestselling books on web design, concentrating mainly on PHP, CSS, and Dreamweaver, including The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP. David can be found frequently offering advice in the Adobe Dreamweaver forums, and is also a moderator for Adobe Community Help. He's an Adobe Community Professional for Dreamweaver, a title shared by only 40 people worldwide.

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This Adobe-approved, project-based guide from one of the world's most popular web design authors, David Powers, will teach readers how to progress from designing static websites to building dynamic websites in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. Using step-by-step instructions with projects that build on the knowledge acquired in each lesson, readers will learn about the new PHP features in Dreamweaver CS5, including the ability to work in Live View with WordPress, as well as extended support for PHP code hints, syntax checking, and dynamically related files. Readers will learn how to upload images and send email with attachments using the Zend Framework. In contrast to existing books on the Zend Framework, this book will show web designers and developers with little or no programming experience how to use selected modules to integrate dynamic features into existing sites. There is a strong emphasis on following security best practices. Readers will also learn progressive enhancement techniques for updating pages seamlessly with PHP and Ajax.

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Good book, but it doesn't really take advantage of Dreamweaver's tools to develop PHP (like the previous book on PHP, ASP and ColdFusion). It does talk about it, but it's a small part of the book.

In fact, the book is more on Zend framework than on Dreamweaver... and unfortunately, I forgot about everything I learned in it because it was too specific and new for me (I bought a reference book on Zend framework to help me).

I wasn't really a good book for reference either after... So, I wasn't sure on the following project if it was better to go with pure PHP (that I knew better) or with Zend framework and get stuck at some points... I decided to go with pure PHP, which rendered that book useless and I never came back to it after...
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By drom99 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 25 2011
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Out of all the books I have purchased and read, this book is very well structered. It guides us step by step with lots of sidenotes advising us of where things can go wrong. Great examples and lots of details allowing us to reproduce them easily. Highly recommended book !!!!!
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HASH(0xa776d0d8) out of 5 stars Very disappointing and inappropriate for those with no experience building dynamic websites.. Feb. 10 2011
By Ralph Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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The Amazon description for this book says that "David Powers, will teach readers how to progress from designing static websites to building dynamic websites in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5." That's an ambitious goal to promise you'll go from zero dynamic experience to becoming competent building a database driven website. In addition, one assumes that you are going to learn how to do this with Dreamweaver CS5 because it's in the title! I was shocked to find only one short lesson in the book on using the easy to use, built-in, coding free Dreamweaver features for integrating a database with your website. A more appropriate title would be "A very short intro to PHP & mySQL. Using the Zend Framework with Dreamweaver CS5."

Mr. Powers gives justifiable criticism to the limited built-in database features of Dreamweaver CS5 and then abruptly changes course to showing you how to acquire, install and continue development using the Zend Framework. The majority of the book is devoted to development with the Zend Framework. Quote from the book: "The 'minimal' version of Zend Framework 1.10 consists of more than 2,700 files in nearly 500 folders, and is more than 22mb in size." Great, just what a beginner needs to tackle. I'm an experienced web developer creating my first database driven website. I've successfully used ONLY the built-in features of Dreamweaver CS5 for my client. Are these DW features limited? Sure, but they are more than sufficient for many websites.

To create a dynamic website with a database you first are going to have to become fluent in PHP and mySQL before you go any further. Mr. Powers skimps on these topics devoting only 30+ pages each to PHP and mySQL. There are hundreds of pages devoted to learning Zend Framework and how to use it with Dreamweaver. Zend Framework is massive system. You should first learn how to use Dreamweaver without ZF. It's possible you don't need anything else. If you do need more horsepower, Zend Framework is only one of several products you should consider.

Let me share and recommend the path I used to go from static website developer to an entry level builder of websites with databases:

1. Get fluent in PHP and mySQL. You're not going to be successful without this as bedrock. This can be accomplished with a single book, no prior programming experience required: Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL.

2. Learn and try out the included database features in Dreamweaver CS5. Make sure you are fluent in PHP and mySQL first. The Dreamweaver database features are of little use to you without that knowledge. Part Six of Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual has four chapters, 200+ pages with downloadable tutorials, all devoted to Dreamweaver database features and their implementation. You won't be disappointed. The author of Missing Manual clearly and repeatedly points out the limitations of the Dreamweaver database features. If you find these behaviors will limit your applications, then you can move up to Zend, Smarty Templates or other db augmentation systems based on your specific needs.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa527e270) out of 5 stars Nice work! Aug. 30 2010
By kelly pons - Published on Amazon.com
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I just had my first pass at this book and must say Thank you to David Powers for a job well done! First of, he did not repeat verbatim his book on CS4 as some lazy authors would have, but instead teaches the new advantages of CS5 while giving you great lessons on zend frame work, cms and so on. The examples used are very practical and can be applied directly to your work unlike some books I have read where the examples are only of the authors imagination and you would be pressed to find a way to apply them. He puts to practice his experience with the forums he moderates and shares that experience with you. It would have taken me at least 2 years to get all the experience shared in this book. I can't believe I even offer solutions to questions in forums now, why? because I have read this book and the tips are great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge David. This book though is for intermediate users. Beginners should please buy his CS4 book first and then see this book as a continuation of that. Top it off with his CSS book and maybe his php solutions book if you want to be interested in php and then you can call yourself a web designer that knows his stuff. Intermediate users of Dreamweaver would find this book very valuable. I never knew the new features in CS5 until I used this book and boy was I glad I upgraded. Do you want to style wordpress CMS in dreamweaver, then get this book. Do you want to get interested in the Zend framework and jQuery framework, then this book is for you. Finally if you want great tips on how to use DW, then add this to his CS4 book. If this book was $200 it would still be a good buy, because just the server behaviors that you can create alone with the examples from the book is a great time saver.
If Mr Powers happen to read this review, my only request is that he should please come out with something in the line of questions and solutions in building web sites, so we can benefit from his experience with the questions and answers he always come across in the forums. Anyway, this would do for now.
Thank you
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa527e81c) out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Dreamweaver Book from David Powers Sept. 21 2010
By Rob Huddleston - Published on Amazon.com
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David Powers long ago established himself as the preeminent author on Dreamweaver and PHP, and with this release he proves once again that if you want to learn these two technologies, and just as important you want to learn how they work together, you cannot go wrong by reading his books.
I have used Dreamweaver for over a decade, since version 4, and have been using PHP for almost as long. I got this book not because I thought I could learn anything from it, but rather because I teach web design and needed to review the book to see if it would work in my classrooms. I therefore had fully intended to just scan the book to make sure it covered what I needed it to. Very quickly, however, I found myself stopping to actually read, discovering that even as well as I know these technologies, Mr. Powers still had a lot to teach me.
Not only will we be adopting this book in our program, but will be recommending it to other programs as well. This is, simply put, one of the very best Dreamweaver books ever written, and one I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who wants to take their knowledge of the web further.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4ea5a38) out of 5 stars Great author can only make a great book !!!!!! Aug. 29 2010
By Squire Man - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the books written by David Powers.

-He knows what he is talking about.
-He writes clearly and cleverly in an easy style to read, even for non-english people like me.
-He anticipates questions and he responds to them before the reader ask !

This book's scope is even wider than Dreamweaver itself.
It also provides good fundations (or reminders) on PHP and database design.

The examples are easy to follow along, with the inclusion of all the files for every steps (in the CD-rom)

If you want to use Dreamweaver for PHP solutions, you need this book.

Very good book !!!!!

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51bc084) out of 5 stars Superb introduction to Zend Framework and a great tutorial on advanced CS5 Sept. 18 2010
By c4p0 - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who know a little about PHP and has been using CS4, I was at first drawn into the lessons around using Dreamweaver closer with PHP. I was sufficiently impressed to pay for the upgrade to CS5. This alone made the book worth while.

The real surprise, though, was the simple introduction to Zend Framework. I have purchased several books on this already but usually get stuck on setting up the MVC framework. The gentle Zend 'Lite' approach was excellent, and has meant that I have broken through the barrier and am already using Zend elements in my projects.

David is an excellent tutorial writer. He explains things in carefully thought out chunks, covers the little niggles that one invariably comes across and leaves you with a deeper understanding of the principles.

It is more than theoretical, though. Much of the code (such as the user registration system) is of practical use and is being used in my own web site.

Highly recommended in all respects: my only complaint is that I want more. David, looking forward to and advanced version of your book!
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