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  • Paperback: 1034 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 26 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449316174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449316174
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer and trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.

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This book is great. If your interested in designing your own website and don't know where to begin. This book is for you. The book explains how to make your website from the beginning and explains what each step is in plain no nonsense English. You can easily stop and pick up where you left off if you need to. Great book to start with for beginners like me.
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I needed this book for a class I took and although my life was a bit busy to make time for reading, I found this book to be a fairly easy read and understand and what little time I had to study I was happy it was easy to pick up and leave off without any trouble.
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A detailed how-to for Dreamweaver. The reader must be focused while attempting the examples. The introduction of CSS Style sheets goes into detail. A good reference manual.
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HASH(0xa41935ac) out of 5 stars Solid book with all the content you need July 25 2012
By Brett Merkey - Published on Amazon.com
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A Missing Manual aims to be "the book that should have been in the box." Well, if Adobe had included this work by McFarland, that box would have been big and heavy indeed! This thing is over 1000 pages and includes just about everything a serious beginner would need to advance quickly with both the Dreamweaver tool and with modern Web page construction. The author explains early on that he even deliberately left out certain features of Dreamweaver that have suffered from lack of attention by Adobe and no longer conform to modern page and site construction practices. "It's not in your interest to learn how to use [these features] nor in our interest to lead you toward a tool that's no good."

I like that attitude and it is a clue that these 1000 pages contain solid material with no waste in time for you.

The book is logically organized, like a class that teaches Web site construction with the best tool around. You advance chapter by chapter across the basics, learning both the tool interface and the coding practices. I recommend you follow along in the book -- but, just in case, this book has a companion Web site with most of the example pages ready to use.

The other thing I like about the book is, once past the mechanics, the book goes into the more interesting issues, like the Spry drop-ins, design issues, layout flexibility, site management and the ever-challenging cascading style sheets. On the other hand, so far I have not encountered any handling of the cooler features of HTML 5 or CSS 3 -- but that is not the purpose of this book.

This book should be all you need to get comfortable with both Dreamweaver and the range of coding conveniences it offers.
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HASH(0xa4193600) out of 5 stars It's like a course Aug. 7 2012
By JUAN JOSE DE LEON - Published on Amazon.com
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If you don't know where to begin when you open Dreamweaver the first time, i recommend you this book. Dreamweaver doesn't come with a manual anymore, so this book helps. A nice thing about this book is that it doesn't cover some features that are not in use anymore but Dreamweaver still has. So it's focus in on active and useful features.
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HASH(0xa4193a38) out of 5 stars Practical Guide to Building a Website from Scratch May 10 2013
By ITALIA BERGER - Published on Amazon.com
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Building a website is a daunting task, but this book takes you from the basics up to the powerful advanced features of Dreamweaver CS6. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the intricacies of web-building to create their own website from scratch. I was a complete novice but now I have enough working knowledge to finish my first website. This book is thorough and written in a very comprehensible manner. There's a tutorial where you build a website for a fictitious Café and learn how to use Dreamweaver's built-in tools. At first sight, it's a little overwhelming (nearly 1,000 pages of hefty reading) but it's easy to digest if you're motivated to build a website from scratch. I had one issue with this manual. Since I was a true "beginner" in web design, I did not know any of the codes used by webmasters and I couldn't find a "listing" of the codes in the Index. The codes are, however, scattered throughout the book. Also, since I was not familiar with "web-related" terminology, I had trouble finding answers to certain problems encountered on my website. Overall, I believe this truly is the Manual that should have been included in Adobe's Dreamweaver CS6.
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HASH(0xa4193a20) out of 5 stars Book DOES cover obsolete and deprecated features Oct. 6 2012
By Steven K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As other customers have mentioned, the author says that he's not covering features in Dreamweaver CS6 that are obsolete, or will become obsolete, etc.

But the author MacFarland still devotes a very significant number of pages to Adobe's own "Spry" framework. In the summer of 2012, Adobe officially dropped support for Spry, and told users to rely on non-proprietary frameworks like JQuery instead of Spry. McFarland should have seen this coming at least a year ago, if not from the very beginning. And, I suspect had he done some old-fashioned hard-nosed investigative reporting among people working at Adobe, and among developers working with Adobe, he could have obtained quotes 'from unnamed sources' confirming that Spry would be abandoned.

And, unfortunately, MacFarland does not devote many pages to the the one proprietary feature in Dreamweaver that has (I think) always been there, and always will be there: Dreamweaver Templates. There are many template tricks and tips, some involving very very simple lines of code, which he does not cover. And I don't think he really appreciates how powerful these templates can be -- descriptions of a variety of site-structure scenarios using templates would have been nice, along with some tips or outlines on how to do each of the scenarios. The template feature can be powerful, but it can also be a little mind-boggling. (And alas, the best book on the topic is out of print, and dates back the MX version of Dreamweaver, and though it still contains a great deal of useful info, that old template book Dreamweaver MX Templates is not terribly well-written or well-organized.)

On the other hand, MacFarland's book is packed with useful info, small and big tips, and is fairly well organized (though Templates chapters is, oddly, at the end of the book) and well-written (though he could have been more concise without sacrificing any information).

I do wish, however, it covered Dreamweaver more, and basic web development less. I'm one who can use lots of help with web development coding and the like, even very basic things. But I don't need every single book I own that is remotely related to web design to explain the difference between POST and GET.

If I buy a book on Dreamweaver, and I'm creating a form, I want to know how Dreamweaver can help me create that form, and I can use another book or article for the overall instructions on how to code a form.

Hmmm. But then again, that might require a book on Dreamweaver, a book on HTML, a book on CSS, and a book on JavaScript (and maybe even another book or source on JQuery). So heck, maybe there's no escaping this all-in-one approach. Oh well.

The End.
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HASH(0xa4193edc) out of 5 stars Great Book. Oct. 16 2012
By Eddibobetty - Published on Amazon.com
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There is nothing better than Dreamweaver for professional websites development. Adobe's CS6 has taken that idea and topped it, and now there is a better. The update to Dreamweaver in some ways is very exciting, and in others leaves something to be desired. They retained most of old tools and updated them for quicker use, and intergraded new elements. This book helps guide you through the new layout and elements without confusion. The step by step instructions make it a great way to learn.

I appreciated the color picture showing the layout of the features. They allow the user to see how they are used, and this is extremely helpful for visual learners. I am a visual learner; I need to see how it works to understand. Also the sample code makes it easier to test out the features, not just read about them.

There is a real need for this Dreamweaver is a completed program to learn with out instruction. The book goes over each element explaining how they work and how to use them. Practical examples by the author show his mastery of the program and web development. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn how to use the amazing web development program.