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Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    Great All-Purpose Dreamweaver Book

    Dreamweaver CS4 is the latest version of the popular web editing software from Abobe. There are lots of new features in this version (compared to CS3) such as Live View: a better way to see how your page works without having to open it up in a separate browser, better integration for JavaScript and Ajax, easier interface for finding and updating source and include files attached to your web pages, cleaner CSS code created and much more.<BR/><BR/>For the newbie or exisiting user of Dreamweaver, there is lots to learn in this new version and the book Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual is a great way to get started on learning Dreamweaver or get quick updates on the new things CS4 has to offer.<BR/><BR/>Of course this book is big (over 1000 pages) but it is going to be a complete learning reference for newbies and well as as good reference for existing users of the tool. <BR/><BR/>Compared to other Dreamweaver books I have, it makes it really easy to find exactly what you want with the clear and concise headings and subheading at the top of each page. I hate books that make you hunt around for pages trying to find what area of the book you are in.<BR/><BR/>The book is divided into 6 main sections:<BR/><BR/>1. A Guided Tour: This is for the newbie who want to learn the basics of the new CS4 interface and how to use some of the basic tools for creating web pages.<BR/><BR/>2. Building a Better Web Page: This takes in depth of advanced CSS layout and design (liquid layouts, fixed layouts, elastic layouts, positioning of elements, navigation, etc.) This section alone is more information than any Dreamweaver book I've read before on layout design.<BR/><BR/>3. Bringing Your Pages to Life: This teached you how to create web forms (HTML) and add the new Spry (JavaScript library) components to your page. Spry was added to the CS3 version of Dreamweaver (you can get it separately if you want), and was vastly improved in this version of Dreamweaver. <BR/><BR/>4. Building a Web Site: This section deals with the file and site management of Dreamweaver. Not only do you have to design and code your web pages, but you need a site management tool to keep track of all you files (.html, gif, .css, etc) and track all the updates other people may make to them as well if your working in a group. <BR/><BR/>5. Dreamweaver CS4 Power: This section explains the unique tools that it has to offer like libraries and templates. Dreamweaver (with most previous versions) allows you to create snipets of code and store them as a code library to be used later. <BR/><BR/>6. Dynamic Dreamweaver: This section is very important and explained very well from a coding/programming standpoint. Websites today are usually using some sort of database for retrieving lots of the website's content. With Dreamweaver you can link to a database (MySQL, MS Access, Cold Fusion --- not SQL Server) and use Dreamweaver's wizards to help you create dynamic web sites. <BR/><BR/>This book should be in everybody's library no matter what the skill level. <BR/><BR/>A great book.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Great book to have on hand!

    I have this book mainly just for a refresher on a few things with Dreamweaver, but I still keep this as a handy reference guide. You don't need any other book but this. And the Missing Manual series is a terrific series of books.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Best resource to learn Dreamweaver

    At over 1000 pages this is quite the comprehensive resource to learn Dreamweaver. While not light reading it is written clearly and if you follow along with your computer you will become quite proficient with Dreamweaver.

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