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Introducing the ultimate Dreamweaver resource! This Gold Edition Bible adds 10 new chapters to cover everything professional Web developers need to develop dynamic, cutting-edge Web sites with Dreamweaver--including coverage of advanced active databases, customizing and extending the Dreamweaver environment, and e-commerce extensions not available elsewhere. The two CD-ROMs contain a trial version of Dreamweaver 3 along with lots of plug-ins, templates, and extensions.
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Overview

Introducing the ultimate Dreamweaver resource! This Gold Edition Bible adds 10 new chapters to cover everything professional Web developers need to develop dynamic, cutting-edge Web sites with Dreamweaver--including coverage of advanced active databases, customizing and extending the Dreamweaver environment, and e-commerce extensions not available elsewhere. The two CD-ROMs contain a trial version of Dreamweaver 3 along with lots of plug-ins, templates, and extensions.
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This is simply the most systematic guide to the world's No. 1 web design/editing tool: Dreamweaver. Joe Lowery covers it all, from the basics through advanced HTML, CGI, Dreamweaver objects and behaviors, Fireworks graphics, digital video, Shockwave/Flash integration, Dynamic HTML, site management, workflow, ASP, and a whole lot more. Includes up-to-the-minute coverage of Macromedia's new Dreamweaver UltraDev development environment and Aria enterprise site analysis tool. Two accompanying CD-ROMs include hundreds of third-party behaviors, objects, commands, and other resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764534799
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2000
  • Series: Bible Series
  • Edition description: Gold Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1422
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 2.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Lowery has been writing about computers since 1981. Besides writing for such magazines as AmigaWorld, Amazing Computing and Wired, he wrote Dreamweaver 3 Bible, the Fireworks 3 Bible, Buying Online for Dummies, and Netrepreneur (MCP). He has garnered the attention and respect of many at Macromedia and has been featured as one of their "celebrity presenters" for the Macromedia User Conference, and as a speaker for the Macromedia Seminar Series. Joe also speaks and teaches at Macromedia WebWorld and Seybold Seminars, and leads an intermediate Dreamweaver online course through eHandsOn on Macromedia's site.
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Chapter 1: Getting Started with Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver, by Macromedia, is a professional Web site development program. Among its many distinctions, Dreamweaver was the first Web development program to take advantage of the capabilities of the latest generation of browsers, making it easy for developers to use advanced features such as Cascading Style Sheets and Dynamic HTML.

Dreamweaver is truly a tool designed by Web developers for Web developers. Designed from the ground up to work the way professional Web designers do, Dreamweaver speeds site construction and streamlines site maintenance. Throughout this chapter, you can see the philosophical underpinnings of the program and get a better sense of how Dreamweaver blends traditional HTML with cutting-edge techniques. You also learn some of the advanced features that Dreamweaver offers to help you manage a Web site.

The Real World of Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a program very much rooted in the real world. For example, Dreamweaver recognizes the problem of incompatible browser commands and addresses it by producing cross-browser compatible code. Dreamweaver even includes brows er-specific HTML validation so you can see how your existing or new code works in a particular browser.

Dreamweaver 3 extends the real-world concept to the workplace. Features such as Dream templates streamline the production and maintenance process on large Web sites. Dreamweaver's advanced layers-to-tables feature make it possible to quickly position content during the design stage, while keeping your pages backwardly browser compatible when published. Dreamweaver's commands capability enables Web designers to automate their most difficult Web creations.

Integrated visual and text editors

In the early days of the World Wide Web, most developers "hand-coded" their Web pages using simple text editors such as Notepad and SimpleText. The second generation of Web authoring tools brought visual design or WYSIWYG ("what you see is what you get") editors to market. What these products furnished in ease of layout, they lacked in completeness of code. Professional Web developers found they still needed to hand-code their Web pages, even with the most sophisticated WYSIWYG editor. Dreamweaver acknowledges this reality and has integrated a superb visual editor with a number of text editors. You can work with Dreamweaver's internal HTML Inspector or a dedicated external editor. Figure 1-1 shows Dreamweaver's visual editor and text editor working together. Any change made in the visual editor is instantly reflected in the text editor and vice versa. While Dreamweaver enables you to work with any text editor you like, it includes both HomeSite for Microsoft Windows developers and a trial version of BBEdit for Macintosh developers. Dreamweaver enables a natural, dynamic flow between the visual and text editors.

Roundtrip HTML

Most Web authoring programs modify any code that passes through their systeminserting returns, removing indents, adding tags, uppercasing commands, and so forth. Dreamweaver's programmers understand and respect that Web developers all have their own particular coding styles. An underlying concept, Roundtrip HTML, ensures that you can move back and forth between the visual editor and any HTML text editor without your code being rewritten.

Web site maintenance tools

The Dreamweaver creators also understand that creating a site is only a part of the Webmaster's job. Maintaining the Web site can be an ongoing, time-consuming chore. Dreamweaver simplifies the job with a group of site management tools, including a library of repeating elements and a file-locking capability for easy team updates.

In Dreamweaver, Web site maintenance is easier than ever-and very visual. Take note of the Site Map feature that enables you to view your Web site structure at a glance and to access any file for modification. Links are updated automatically, or are under user control, if a file moves from one directory to another. And, you can not only access a library of repeating elements to be inserted in the page, but also define templates to control the entire look and feel of a Web site-and modify a single template to update all the pages sitewide.

The Drearnweaver Interface

When creating a Web page, Webmasters do two things over and over: They insert an element-whether text, image, or layer-and then they modify it. Dreamweaver excels at such Web page creation. The Dreamweaver workspace combines a series of windows, palettes, and inspectors to make the process as fluid as possible, thereby speeding up the Webmaster's work.

Easy text entry

Although much of the World Wide Web's glitz comes from multimedia elements such as images and sound, Web pages are primarily a text-based medium. Dreamweaver recognizes this and makes the text cursor the default tool...

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface to the Gold Edition.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Getting Started with Dreamweaver.

Chapter 1: What Is Dreamweaver?

Chapter 2: QuickStart for Beginners.

Chapter 3: A Hands-On Tour of Dreamweaver.

Chapter 4: Setting Your Preferences.

Chapter 5: Using the Help System.

Chapter 6: Setting Up Your First Site.

Chapter 7: Publishing with the Site Window.

Part II: Using Basic HTML in Dreamweaver.

Chapter 8: Understanding How HTML Works.

Chapter 9: Adding Text to Your Web Page.

Chapter 10: Inserting Images.

Chapter 11: Establishing Web Links.

Chapter 12: Creating Lists.

Part III: Incorporating Advanced HTML.

Chapter 13: Setting Up Tables.

Chapter 14: Making Client-Side Image Maps.

Chapter 15: Working with Interactive Forms.

Chapter 16: Using Frames and Framesets.

Part IV: Extending HTML Through Dreamweaver.

Chapter 17: Accessing External Programs.

Chapter 18: Creating and Using Objects.

Chapter 19: Using Behaviors.

Chapter 20: Creating a Behavior.

Chapter 21: Customizing Dreamweaver.

Part V: Adding Multimedia Elements.

Chapter 22: Integrating Fireworks.

Chapter 23: Adding Video to Your Web Page.

Chapter 24: Using Audio on Your Web Page.

Chapter 25: Inserting Shockwave and Flash Movies.

Part VI: Dynamic HTML and Dreamweaver.

Chapter 26: What Is Dynamic HTML?

Chapter 27: Building Style Sheet Web Pages.

Chapter 28: Working with Layers.

Chapter 29: Working with Timelines.

Part VII: Creating Next-Generation Code with Dreamweaver.

Chapter 30: Extending with XML.

Chapter 31: Adding Multimedia Extensions.

Chapter 32: Building Active Web Sites.

Part VIII: Enhancing Web Site Management and Workflow in Dreamweaver.

Chapter 33: Using Dreamweaver Templates.

Chapter 34: Using the Repeating Elements Library.

Chapter 35: Maximizing Browser Targeting.

Part IX: Connectivity with Dreamweaver.

Chapter 36: Activating Database Sites with ASP and Macromedia UltraDev.

Chapter 37: Using Allaire's ColdFusion.

Chapter 38: Integrating FileMaker Pro with Lasso Studio.

Chapter 39: Working with Tango.

Part X: Extending Dreamweaver.

Chapter 40: Weaving a Wireless Web.

Chapter 41: Enhancing Site Analysis with Aria Objects.

Chapter 42: Customizing with the Extension Manager.

Appendix A: What's on the CD-ROM?

Appendix B: CourseBuilder for Dreamweaver.

Appendix C: BBEdit 5.1.1 Primer (For Macintosh Users).

Appendix D: HomeSite 4.5 Primer (For Windows Users).

Appendix E: Fireworks 3 Primer.

Index.

End-User License Agreement.

CD-ROM Installation Instructions.

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Foreword

We live in a time of great change and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to affect the expression of a new medium, the Internet. Everything about the Web is evolving quickly-the design, the tools, and even the medium itself. Dreamweaver is an evolutionary product for Macromedia as well as a revolutionary one. Not only is Dreamweaver the state-of-the-art Web authoring tool used by more professionals than any other, it has also evolved into an application platform central to Macromedia's ever-expanding Internet vision.

I think one of the reasons that Dreamweaver was so successful from the beginning is because it grew out of a community. Before Dreamweaver, there was a growing community of professional Web developers that no one was listening to. Developers cried, "Leave my code alone!" but all of the available visual editors altered their code. Developers pled, "Help me create tables," but no integrated tool could help. Developers demanded, "I need cutting-edge features," only to get last year's fading standards.

Macromedia decided to listen. The Dreamweaver project relied on an advisory board of designers and developers to identify the most desirable features. The development effort, however, was far more than a committee voting on a wish-list. An entire culture was evolving and the Dreamweaver team came out of that culture and remains a part of it still. Throughout the year we listen to our customersboth current and potential-to gather their reactions to the present release as well as better understand their requirements for the future.

One of the key underpinnings of Dreamweaver is its extensibility layer. By constantly expanding the core customizability ofDreamweaver, we enable our customers to streamline their workflow. We think it's better that the product adapt to the way you work rather than you adapt to product. The community of extension builders has taken Dreamweaver to unforeseen heights in creating a new set of power tools for its use. In fact, Macromedia itself has taken advantage of Dreamweaver's extensibility to craft a new product, Dreamweaver UltraDev.

What's in the future for Dreamweaver? Macromedia is committed to making tools for every aspect of what we call the Web Content Life Cycle. The most effective Web sites are continually developing and changing in response to their visitors' needs and reactions. We see Dreamweaver as a core element in Macromedia's mission to empower developers and their companies to create entertaining, educational, and effective Web content-and to successfully use that content to communicate and refine their message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2001

    Good Reference book, not for beginners

    I purchased this book thinking it would teach me how to use Dreamweaver step by step but it did nothing like that. The book is confusing at times and there are no tutorials. I had to purchase another book to learn the basics. I would recommend this book for intermediate to advance users, it covers features in detail and you'll find it useful, but only if you already have some background.

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