The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP / Edition 1by David Powers
Pub. Date: 11/25/2008
Dreamweaver CS4 is a massive step forward in terms of integration with the rest of the CS4 suite (Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.), and also includes whole host of exciting features of its own. The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP concentrates on getting the most out of Dreamweaver CS4, rather than going into every menu item and/em>
- Takes you through your development environment set up
- Covers everything you need to create both standards compliant web sites, and dynamic web applications
- Teaches real world techniques using a series of step by step tutorials
What you’ll learn
- Streamline your workflow with the Related Files toolbar, Live view, and the Code Navigator
- Bring your pages alive with Ajax widgets from Spry, jQuery, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library
- Use server-side includes, templates, and Adobe's InContext Editing online service
- Create dynamic web applications using Dreamweaver's PHP server behaviors
- Build real world web site functions, such as form validation, random quote generator, search function, user management/login pages, dynamic Ajax gallery, and much more
- Consume RSS feeds and create Spry data sets
- How to publish your site after you've created it
Who this book is for
This book is for both beginners who want a solid grounding in Dreamweaver CS4, and intermediate web designers and developers with previous Dreamweaver experience, who want to get up to speed with the new features.
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David has adapted his most recent version of the Dreamweaver with CSS, Ajax, and PHP to include most of the newest features of the Adobe CS4 release of Dreamweaver. In addition, he has provided readers with the groundwork to extend this application to third-party extensions such as jquery, which was (to me) completely unexpected. Every book I have from the FriendsOfED has always provided solid information and takes into account the ability to learn at your own pace.
First of all, to give a useful review of this book, I should note I will present it for two type of developers: - PHP web beginners - Experienced web developers with decent or no knowledge about Dreamweaver CS4 Let's see how could this book help PHP web beginners. I gave this book to my friend - PHP beginner. He was really satisfied with the content of this book. In one book he had all the information about Dreamweaver, how Dreamweaver evolved through older versions and information how to define web site, how to handle page layout, reuse Dreamweaver templates. The book contains really useful information how to use CSS panels and tips and tricks for handling your CSS code and refactor styles using Dreamweaver. The book is not meant to give you full overview of CSS design. For this topic I would recommend CSS Mastery. Also, this book gives you an excellent introduction how to use Ajax functionality in Dreamweaver, how to use Spry Ajax Framework and how to implement useful Ajax snippets into your code. After chapters about client-side code comes chapters about PHP and MySQL in which you can learn PHP and MySQL basics - basic PHP syntax, creating code pieces, MySQL database and all things needed for starting your first real PHP-MySQL project. It's really nice to see how to use Dreamweaver wizard for getting data from MySQL database by using PHP code. What I really like in this book that it contains a lot of tips and tricks for each topic covered by specific chapter. These tips can be quite helpful and I'm sure a lot of experienced developers are not familiar with these tricks. Here's my review for experienced web developers with decent/no knowledge of Dreamweaver. I should be in this group :) In the past few years I didn't have so many opportunities to work with Dreamweaver. I've been working more with PHP code than I was making HTML/CSS design and all I needed was Zend Studio or PDT. Also, in the past few years from CS to CS3 version Dreamweaver didn't offer me so many new functionalities. By the time I started using CS4, there was a lot of new and useful features and I wanted to investigate how they work and how can these new features can help me on my new projects. That's why this book was very helpful. Like I said, it contains a lot of tips and tricks for each topic covered by specific chapter. I didn't take much time investigating topics about PHP and MySQL but these chapters also contain useful information, for example how to quickly create a decent overview of you database data. Overall, if you decide to use this book for fulfilling your knowledge gaps and when you upgrade your knowledge with CS5 features, you will have really good standards for developing your code with Adobe Dreamweaver.