The Barnes & Noble Review
This Dreamweaver step-by-step guide treats you like the professional you are. It’s strong on details, and replete with “live” examples. And it’ll help you accomplish virtually anything you want in Dreamweaver -- design, interactivity, site management, you name it.
The further you go, the more useful this book gets. David Sawyer McFarland’s especially strong on CSS, behaviors, layers, snippets, libraries, and templates. He offers an entire section on dynamic, database-driven sites -- including downloadable examples in ASP, ASP.NET, and PHP. Throughout, McFarland annotates his step-by-step instructions with real, working insights -- so you can go far beyond the “recipe.” And roughly half the chapters contain live tutorials walking you through real page development assignments. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.
Dreamweaver (see also Computer Media, LJ 1/03) reigns as the editor of choice for many web designers, and MX 2004 adds better Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) handling and other features that may spur demand for updated guides. Teach Yourself, rather basic for most users, takes a step-by-step, full-color, screen shot-heavy approach to accomplishing common tasks. A good overview for beginners, appropriate for all public libraries. The more comprehensive Missing Manual addresses beginning to intermediate users, with special attention to using CSS. Sidebars include additional info for power users, FAQs, definitions, and other useful topics. Its clear, step-by-step tutorials on each major subject (with downloadable files and finished examples), plus links to additional resources, make this an especially useful self-study guide; highly recommended for all libraries. For intermediate to advanced users, Bible and Complete Reference strive for thorough coverage. Bible's CD contains a trial version of Dreamweaver MX 2004, plus project files; Complete's CD, meanwhile, offers trial versions of each MX 2004 product, Dreamweaver extensions, and sample code. Bible goes through each Dreamweaver feature, from touring menu commands to adding extensions and customizing the software. New features are highlighted in the text; notes, cautions, and tips add info; cross references help navigate and collect relevant information for specific tasks; and chapter summaries aid in assimilating the information provided. Its attention to workflow and collaboration will help designers working on large projects. Complete's coverage ranges from Dreamweaver basics to extensions; its links to additional resources aid users in extending Dreamweaver's functionality. It walks readers through the entire process of creating a web site and using the various aspects of the software. Both Bible and Complete are appropriate for larger public libraries and for academic libraries serving design and computer science programs; Bible's clarity gives it the edge if you need only one title. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.