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Beginning Dreamweaver MX
     

Beginning Dreamweaver MX

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by Wrox Press
 
Dreamweaver is used by 1.7 million developers and is the world's most popular web development tool. With this book you'll learn how to use the latest version -- Dreamweaver MX -- to create professional websites that you'll be proud to publish. Our fast-paced tutorials walk you through building three complete websites: a personal site to share your interests over the

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Dreamweaver is used by 1.7 million developers and is the world's most popular web development tool. With this book you'll learn how to use the latest version -- Dreamweaver MX -- to create professional websites that you'll 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, you'll learn all the skills that you need to work confidently with Dreamweaver MX. If you've never built a website before, we'll show you how to build powerful and professional sites that impress. If you're an experienced web developer, we'll show you how to migrate your existing skills to Dreamweaver MX.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
If you like to learn by doing, have we got the Dreamweaver book for you: Beginning Dreamweaver MX. With this book by your side, you’ll give Dreamweaver MX one heck of a workout, as you build three full sites from start to finish.

In a couple of weeks, you can have the equivalent of several months’ hands-on Dreamweaver MX experience. And not just the fragments of Dreamweaver MX you’d learn working with real clients. The entire program.

The book’s step-by-step coverage is exceptionally easy to follow, and all the sample files can be found at wrox.com. When it comes to the code that makes each site’s dynamic features work, you needn’t build it all yourself: You can place the source code the authors provide, and watch ’er run.

Site No. 1 is designed for beginners, near-beginners, and folks who’ve just upgraded to Dreamweaver MX. It’s a hobbyist’s site, bringing together resources “for all things culinary”: cooking techniques, recipes, equipment, news, and so forth. The site’s goals and content have been designed to help you walk through all the basics of building static sites with Dreamweaver MX, as well as your first “tastes” of dynamic content and interactivity.

You’ll plan, create, and set up your site; add pages and edit their content; and especially learn how to use stylesheets and templates to establish site-wide design consistency. Next, you’ll learn how to achieve even finer control over your layouts with tables, frames, and Dreamweaver MX layers.

Still in Site No. 1, you’ll learn how to incorporate simple JavaScript and DHTML dynamic effects (for example, drop-down menus); how to build forms that allow visitors to submit information, and how to use dynamic ASP web pages to capture and react to that information. (The authors assume you’re running Microsoft’s IIS 5.x web server, which is included with most recent versions of Windows. If you haven’t installed IIS, they walk you through the process.)

By this point, you’re ready for something more ambitious. Site No. 2 -- designed to provide information on upcoming events for fans worldwide -- requires significant personalization, database connectivity, and security. You’ll start by learning how to use Dreamweaver’s ASP support to store and use an individual visitor’s information throughout the site -- and to store and use information that can be used by all visitors.

Next, you’ll learn how to authenticate users -- and, using that authentication, decide what each visitor can do, and what they’ll see. Site No. 2 ends with a three-chapter introduction to web databases: retrieving data, displaying it on web pages, and allowing users to update your database with new information.

Site No. 3 takes you even further, showing how to build sites that are modular, extensible, and scalable -- and contain elements that can be easily modified and reused in future sites. Along the way, you’ll create a fairly substantial content management application -- and even extend your site with a prefabricated PayPal shopping cart.

Don’t own Dreamweaver MX yet? Fine: Download the 30-day timed demo from Macromedia. You’ll learn what you need to know, long before your clock runs out. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861008206
Publisher:
Wrox Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Pages:
670
Product dimensions:
7.21(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.65(d)

Meet the Author

Charles E Brown transferred his creative skills from music – he has a doctorate in music and studied with Igor Stravinsky (which led to an association with Pablo Picasso) – to computers in 1981. In addition to a busy music schedule, Charles does web design for major corporations, is a busy trainer conducting nearly 100 workshops per year, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and recently released the book Fireworks MX From Zero to Hero for Friends of Ed publishing. He does software seminars for The PC Learning Center in northern NJ and can be reached through www.pclearningcenter.com.

Imar Spaanjaars graduated in Leisure Management but accidentally ended up in IT. After working for a large corporation and doing some free-lance work, he is now working at the software development department of a small IT company in the Netherlands specializing in Internet and Intranet applications. As a software architect and lead developer, he's responsible for designing, building and implementing medium to large scaled Intranets for Dutch companies.
When he is not busy building web sites, or teaching other people how to do so, he likes to read as much as possible about new developments in software land. He also enjoys playing 3D shoot 'em up games if he's got the time for it.

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 VP of R&D at digitalorganism (www.digitalorganism.com). In 2002 Todd established an information technologies portal, MindGrub Technologies (www.mindgrub.com) and currently works for the Media Edge division of Exceptional Software (www.exceptionalsoftware.com). Todd has worked extensively with ActionScript, PHP, Lingo, and numerous other development languages, placing cutting-edge code in several projects. Todd's efforts have earned three Flash Film Festival nominations, Macromedia Site of the Day, two Addy Awards, and several educational partnerships. Todd is a Macromedia Certified Developer, Designer, and Subject Matter Expert, and has contributed to several books including Flash MX Video, Advanced PHP for Flash MX, Foundation Dreamweaver MX, and Flash MX Most Wanted Components.

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