Beginning Dreamweaver MX Paperback – Feb 10 2003
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From the Publisher
This book is primarily for complete beginners to web site programming who have access to Dreamweaver MX (or are using the trial version to check it out), and want to learn how to create dynamic web sites with it.
As you work through the book you'll learn how to program using Active Server Pages (ASP). In addition, the core concepts you learn in building web sites with ASP are easily transferred to other languages. Therefore, this book will also serve you well if you plan to use Dreamweaver MX in conjunction with JavaServer Pages (JSP), ASP.NET, PHP, or ColdFusion MX -- the book includes four appendices that provide fast-paced guides on how to get started using JSP, ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion MX with Dreamweaver MX. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Dreamweaver is used by 1.7 million developers and is the worlds most popular web development tool. With this book youll learn how to use the latest version Dreamweaver MX to create professional websites that youll be proud to publish.
Our fast-paced tutorials walk you through building three complete websites: a personal site to share your interests over the Web, a dynamic sports site that remembers your visitors personal settings, and an easily configurable online catalog built from reusable components. Along the way, youll learn all the skills that you need to work confidently with Dreamweaver MX.
Who is this book for?
If youve never built a website before, well show you how to build powerful and professional sites that impress. If youre an experienced web developer, well show you how to migrate your existing skills to Dreamweaver MX.
Learn how to:
- Let visitors interact with your site and leave you feedback by using forms
- Create personalized, up-to-the-minute content for each visitor with ASP (Active Server Pages) programming
- Apply authentication and authorization techniques to protect private information from unauthorized users
- Dynamically update and extract content stored in databases
We will then go even further and introduce you to a cutting-edge approach to site development, reusing a component called the building block, which enables fast website development. Youll also learn about Dreamweaver MXs built-in support for the ASP.NET, JavaServer Pages™, PHP, and ColdFusion® MX programming languages.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, the book has the reader build three fairly complicated website step-by-step as promised. However, unlike other step-by-step books I have read, they require careful reading and understanding. As an example, Chapter 2 has the reader build a complex system of embedded tables. The reader is warned to take this slowly and carefully. It took me several tries before I fully understood the concept and completed it successfully but the end result was an incredible learning experience. The book was complete and correct. These are not knock-off exercises.
From what I see at the Wrox site, Wiley just took them over and will be reopening the site soon. I have to agree with the reviewer that this is the best book on Dreamweaver MX written. I will stick with Charles Brown's books as they come out.
As a somewhat seasoned developer using both Visual Studio and GoLive on our Corporate Intranet, I only needed to acquire familiarity with the features within Dreamweaver for my own personal use.
I enjoyed the overview and first few chapters in this book, and soon began to appreciate the potential this book might have. At the end of chapter two, I compared my project with the illustration in the book. They didn't look the same. I was determined to find out why, so I compared my code with the downloaded code. They were different. I rechecked the steps in the book looking for the missed steps, but didn't see it.
If you want to learn Dreamweaver MX, and don't mind checking your code with the downloaded code, then this book might work for you. For me, I'll look elsewhere.
After about two weeks, I gave up using this book. I just recently discovered Amazon and more importantly, discovered the customer review section. I'll pay special attention to this section and choose my next book when both a "Look inside this book" feature is provided, and after I decipher which reviews are real versus those from those sponsoring the book (two highly rated reviews from the same location on the same day).
Using [...] and [...] I was finally able to get everything to work.
The examples used in this book are amazingly useful, once you get them to work. I'm keeping this book as a reference.
Side note: I had to ditch Dreamweaver MX 2004 as it was far too buggy and crash-prone. Stick with plain Dreamweaver MX.
Most recent customer reviews
I found this book to be one of my most prized reference books. It takes you through the building of three different sites. Read morePublished on June 5 2003
When I bought this book I wasn't sure if the content would pleasure my need of building a good website. I did not have any experience in building websites. Read morePublished on May 25 2003
I bought this book with lots of worries that I won't benefit from it cuz it says beginning but I did learned a lot. Read morePublished on May 2 2003 by Amazon Customer
Good, Step by Step tutorials in well written English. Simple concepts tp follow. The Title is Misleading. I would have named it Beginning to Advanced Dreamweaver MX.Published on May 2 2003
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