Real World Adobe® GoLive® 5 Paperback – Oct 31 2000
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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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I highly recommend Real World Adobe GoLive 5 to anyone serious about building web sites with Adobe GoLive. Whereas the Adobe User Guide just scratches the surface on most subjects, this book digs deep and delivers nuggets of pure gold. Finding detailed explanations of all the advanced features that makes GoLive the premier web editing tool are easily referenced (and cross-referenced.) Topics are covered in depth with step-by-step, "how to" instructions rather than dry, technical data only of interest to programers.
This book is definitely the main reference tool for the GoLive 5 power user. Users of the previous incarnations of GoLive, (Cyberstudio and GoLive 4,) will find the chapter covering the new features especially useful by quickly and easily bringing them up to date with the new version. New users of GoLive can learn how to apply the powerful, site-wide features of the application by following the clear, concise explanations provided by the book, thereby rapidly advancing them to a higher level of web site design and construction. Since the authors of the book, Glenn Fleishman and Jeff Carlson, are not affiliated with Adobe their candid, reliable comments about the strengths and weakness of the application are invaluable.
The authors are well aware of the problems encountered by daily users of GoLive because they moderate an email forum focusing on the subject of GoLive. RWGL5 takes full advantage of this communication between users who have had problems and others who have found solutions to these problems. The amalgamation of this vast store of advanced techniques and real world (pun intended) solutions gives the book a depth that no other book on the subject could possibly hope to match.Read more ›
And RWGL5 *is* very good.
GoLive 5.0, I believe, has a *deceptively* intuitive interface. But when you start trying to do something, it's easy to get lost in a sea of palettes and windows. RWGL5 clears up the interface kudzu within the first chapter. Actually, as the book notes, one of the co-authors is sympathetic to new users because he struggled when he first started using CyberStudio -- GoLive's ancestor. (So did I.)
If you're an intermediate or advanced user, you'll like how this book is organized. It's easy to find just what you're looking for. There's a brief overview section noting the major topics; a VERY detailed table of contents, and a (finally!) useful cross-referenced index. [If you've ever tried to find anything in a GoLive (or CyberStudio) manual, you'll love this.]
But for me, some of the best nuggets are the scores of tips, side bars, and errata.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Real World GoLive is not well written or edited. The text is laborious to read.Published on Dec 21 2001
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... Read morePublished on May 1 2001 by Mahmood ul Rashid
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. Read morePublished on March 21 2001
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... Read morePublished on March 1 2001 by K. C. Wilkening
... This book is 930 pages of woven technical mush, with no structure
or guide on how to use goLive5. Read more
I am not a programmer or graphic designer, and fell into writing a web-site through the backdoor. I have been using GoLive for about a year, and thought I was doing pretty well... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2000 by music lover
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 morePublished on Nov. 24 2000
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2000 by Bill Barrett
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