Dreamweaver CS4 All-in-One For Dummiesby Sue Jenkins, Richard Wagner
You’ll start with Dreamweaver basics and the essentials of a good Web site. Then you’ll learn to add/i>
Web site designers, Web developers, and visual designers all use Dreamweaver CS4 to build world class Web sites. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a design pro, DreamweaverCS4 All-In-One for Dummies makes Web development easy!
You’ll start with Dreamweaver basics and the essentials of a good Web site. Then you’ll learn to add zing with Spry effects, set up Contribute, build dynamic pages, extend your site with Web applications, configure database connections using PHP, ASP.NET, or ColdFusion, and more! Discover how to:
- Get familiar with Dreamweaver’s workspace, use the toolbars and panels, and set preferences
- Plan, design, build, and manage a site that meets your audience’s expectations
- Add Flash files, movies, and sound, and keep your site updated with Cascading Style Sheets
- Create and use code snippets and history panel commands
- Follow the right steps for setting up links
- Incorporate interactive images to build visually appealing Web pages
- Review source formatting and clean up your code to avoid errors when publishing your site
- Capture attention with dynamic content and forms
Dreamweaver CS4 All-In-One for Dummies is divided into nine minibooks:
- Getting Started
- Mastering the Basics
- Working Like the Pros
- Energizing Your Site
- Publishing Your Site
- Working Collaboratively
- Building Web Applications
- Making Pages Dynamic
- Developing Applications Rapidly
Your one-stop Dreamweaver reference is Dreamweaver CS4 All-In-One for Dummies!
Meet the Author
Sue Jenkins is a seasoned Web designer (www.Luckychair.com) and ACE/ACI software instructor. She appears in 3 software training DVDs and is the author of several books on Web and graphic design. Richard Wagner is an experienced Web designer, developer, and author of over a dozen Web-related books.
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i would say that this book is for someone with intermediate knowledge of web design/developing and who already understands terminology related to web design; definitely not for dummies; i dont believe this book should have made it through the press as a Dummies book. also, it seems to have striking similarities to the book called Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Bible (but a CS4 version); seems more like the author just wanted a quick way to make money by getting this book published rather than thinking thoroughly about her audience and writing it in a manner in which the audience would truly understand, who would most likely be beginners who know little or nothing about web developing/design; the author claims that all you have to do is be a human on Earth who knows how to use a computer and that her book will explain the rest, but i beg to differ; i was left thoroughly frustrated and then a friend gave me a copy of Dreamweaver CS3 For Dummies by Janine Warner and it is much more well written for beginners; even though i have CS4 i will use this book, as the two versions of Dreamweaver are very similar. kudos to the author of Dreamweaver CS3 For Dummies, she is a true teacher and knows how to communicate effectively; i wish i could shake her hand....*edit*...I just realized that Janine Warner also wrote Dreamweaver CS4 For Dummies (which is DIFFERENT THAN Dreamweaver CS4 All-in-One For Dummies, which is the book that i hate and which i just wrote the above review on). i am sure this Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies is a great book as well....i only wish that Wiley Publishing did not allow for two books with such similar titles to go out on the market as this causes a lot of confusion and some buyers will end up buying a version that is not helpful to them at all and as a result they may avoid all Dummies books in the future
Most of the "For Dummies" Series are great. This one is great for students, but it wasn't organized for beginners. Although, it is sectioned according to nine books, other books on the same subject give demonstrations from beginning to end for beginners. This is definitely a great book to have, especially for students who want to have it handy for specific problems, but definitely not good for a textbook or teaching with. More like a dictionary without the explanations written in laymen's terms.