“…hands-on tutorials take readers through creating three complete Web sites….” (Mac World, May 2004)
Beginning Dreamweaver MX 2004by Charles E. Brown, Imar Spaanjaars, Todd Marks
What is this book about?
This outstanding team of authors shows you how easy it can be to create and maintain dynamic, powerful Web sites using Dreamweaver MX 2004. Our hands-on tutorials guide you step by step through building three complete Web sites: a personal site, a dynamic sports site complete with user preferences, and a configurable online/b>
What is this book about?
This outstanding team of authors shows you how easy it can be to create and maintain dynamic, powerful Web sites using Dreamweaver MX 2004. Our hands-on tutorials guide you step by step through building three complete Web sites: a personal site, a dynamic sports site complete with user preferences, and a configurable online catalog built from reusable components. Along the way, you will learn all the skills you need to work confidently with Dreamweaver MX 2004.
You will also learn about Dreamweaver MX 2004's built-in support for ASP, ASP.NET, JavaServer pages, and PHP, and ColdFusion MX programming languages.
What does this book cover?
In this book, you will learn how to
- Understand and manipulate the code Dreamweaver MX 2004 generates
- Create, implement, and modify Cascading Style Sheets
- Add dynamic effects with DHTML
- Apply authentication and authorization techniques to protect your sites from unauthorized users
- Store, retrieve, and display dynamic data
- Design your sites with a modular system
- Install and use Dreamweaver MX 2004 extensions
Who is this book for?
If you are new to Web development, this is the perfect guide to help you start creating attractive, functional Web sites quickly and easily using the Dreamweaver MX 2004 tool.
If you have already done some Web site programming in the past but you're new to Dreamweaver, this book will show you how to develop your sites with the skills you already have, but in far less time and with fewer bugs using Dreamweaver MX 2004.
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Meet the Author
Charles E. Brown, Ph.D., is a noted author and teacher in the computer industry today. His first two books, Beginning Dreamweaver MX and Fireworks MX: From Zero to Hero, have received critical acclaim and are consistent best-sellers. He is also releasing books on VBA for Microsoft Access and on Microsoft FrontPage 2003. He is also a Fireworks MX contributor for the MX Developer’s Journal.
In addition to his busy writing schedule, Charles conducts frequent seminars for Learning Tree International and the PC Learning Center. His topics include Java programming, using Dreamweaver, and the Microsoft Office environment.
Charles is also a noted classical organist, pianist, and guitarist who studied with such notables as Vladimir Horowitz, Virgil Fox, and Igor Stravinsky. It was because of his association with Stravinsky that he got to meet, and develop a friendship with, famed 20th-century artist Pablo Picasso.
Charles can be contacted through his Web site at www.charlesebrown.net.
Imar Spaanjaars graduated in Leisure Management at the Leisure Management School in The Netherlands but accidentally ended up in Information Technology (IT). After working for a large corporation and doing some freelance work, he is now working in the software development department of a small IT company in The Netherlands that specializes in Internet, intranet, and wireless applications. As a software architect and lead developer, he’s responsible for designing, building, and implementing medium- to large-scale intranets and wireless solutions. His current project involves the design and implementation of an application that allows employees to connect to enterprise data in real-time while on the road using a Pocket PC running the .NET Compact Framework.
When he is not busy writing software or teaching other people how to do so, Imar likes to read as much as possible about new developments in the software industry. He’s a fanatic squash player and enjoys playing 3D shoot-’em-up games if he’s got the time for it.
Imar lives in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Todd Marks is an avid developer, designer, instructor, and author of information display technologies. In 2000 Todd moved from teaching mathematics and computer science in the public sector to becoming VP of Research and Development at digitalorganism (www.digitalorganism.com). In 2002 Todd founded information technologies portal MindGrub Technologies (www.mindgrub.net). Todd currently works as a multimedia engineer for the MediaEdge division of Exceptional Software (www.media-edge.com). Todd has worked extensively with ActionScript, ASP, PHP, Lingo, and numerous other development languages, placing cutting-edge code in several projects. Todd’s efforts have earned three Flash Film Festival nominations, a Macromedia Site of the Day, two ADDYAwards, and several educational partnerships. Todd is a Macromedia Certified Developer, Designer, and Subject Matter Expert, and has written and contributed to several books, including Flash MX Video, Foundation Dreamweaver MX, Beginning Dreamweaver MX, Advanced PHP for Flash MX, Flash MX Most Wanted Components, and Flash MX 2004 Magic.
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If you really are new to Dreamweaver, there might be some understandable trepidation at the size of this book, that claims to be for beginners! But the bulk is due in no small part to the authors choosing to describe 3 case studies. The implementation of code for each case illustrates various ways to use Dreamweaver. One interesting point of the book, compared to others on Dreamweaver, is that it seems to give equal emphasis to both the visuals that you can make, and to hooking pages all the way back to a database. Most Dreamweaver books concentrate on the former. But here is exhaustive detail on using ASPs or JSPs on the web server. It also looks at integrating Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL, a popular combination. Graphics designers may not be so enthralled by some of this back end stuff, but on large websites, it is essential.