Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004

Overview

Dreamweaver MX 2004 is Macromedia's world-class visual web-authoring tool, which includes powerful yet easy-to-use database integration. Unlike many other books, Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 focuses on both sides of coin—no matter what your background, this book will give you a solid foundation in graphic design and layout issues, as well as full training in the powerful server-side and database integration features that Dreamweaver offers. The truth is that in today's climate database integration is no more of...

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Overview

Dreamweaver MX 2004 is Macromedia's world-class visual web-authoring tool, which includes powerful yet easy-to-use database integration. Unlike many other books, Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 focuses on both sides of coin—no matter what your background, this book will give you a solid foundation in graphic design and layout issues, as well as full training in the powerful server-side and database integration features that Dreamweaver offers. The truth is that in today's climate database integration is no more of an extra than faultless visual design, and this book is here to guide you through this new world, covering dynamic scripting with PHP and the popular MySQL database. This book covers:

  • Site design and layout principles
  • Using templates and Cascading Style Sheets to create advanced site designs
  • Adding interactivity to pages with PHP script Setting up PHP and MySQL to create powerful dynamic database-driven applications

Even if you are already using Dreamweaver, this book will help to extend your skills towards dynamic content that'sinteractive and engaging to your visitors. Maybe you're a developer who wants to make the most of this sophisticated productivity tool and take full advantage of the renowned Dreamweaver interface to improve your workflow. Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 gives you the essential grounding that you'll need in the all-important design context. Whether a complete novice or a past user, after reading this book, you'll be fluent in the full breadth of the powerful functionality that Dreamweaver MX 2004 has to offer. This book presents a unique learning curve backed up by solid real-world case studies and tutorials.

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 makes this all possible, and Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 makes it easier than you could have imagined! This book will benefit you if you're:

  • Someone who wants to learn Dreamweaver MX 2004, but only wants a static site.
  • The same, but who might take a look at dynamic sites later.
  • Someone who already has a static site, but wants to make it dynamic.
  • Someone who wants to create a dynamic site from scratch.
  • Those who want to improve their sites and learn best practices and web standards.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590593080
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/4/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

George McLachlan lives in Glasgow, Scotland and is a freelance PHP developer. He has been a beta tester for Dreamweaver MX, and also one of the developers for a third-party extension called PHPMXDB, which aims to provide additional database support for PHP within MX. He is a member of Team Macromedia newsgroups. George is a strong supporter of open source technologies and, when time permits, he tries to provide feedback to the PHP QA team. George was a co-author of Foundation Dreamweaver MX for friends of ED, and also authored Dreamweaver MX: Advanced PHP Web Development for glasshaus.

David Powers is an Adobe Community Expert for Dreamweaver and author of a series of highly successful books on PHP, including PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy and Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8. As a professional writer, he has been involved in electronic media for more than 30 years, first with BBC radio and television and more recently with the Internet. His clear writing style is valued not only in the English-speaking world; several of his books have been translated into Spanish and Polish. What started as a mild interest in computing was transformed almost overnight into a passion, when David was posted to Japan in 1987 as BBC correspondent in Tokyo. With no corporate IT department just down the hallway, he was forced to learn how to fix everything himself. When not tinkering with the innards of his computer, he was reporting for BBC television and radio on the rise and collapse of the Japanese bubble economy. Since leaving the BBC to work independently, he has built up an online bilingual database of economic and political analysis for Japanese clients of an international consultancy. When not pounding the keyboard writing books or dreaming of new ways of using PHP and other programming languages, David enjoys nothing better than visiting his favorite sushi restaurant. He has also translated several plays from Japanese.

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Table of Contents

Whether you're a designer who wants to get "under the skin" of Dreamweaver, a developer who wants to improve your workflow using the Dreameweaver user interface, or someone who is interested in exploring visual design or code, Foundation Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the book for you.

Foundation Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 provides all the essentials you need to get started. We take you through the process of using templates, constructing databases, and integrating web technologies such as XHTML and CSS, all while covering the best practices for creating web standards - compliant sites. After a thorough grounding in the use of PHP and MySQL, we show you how to make your static website dynamic via the use of Dreamweaver's powerful server-side and database-integration features. The book culminates with a case study describing the construction of an all-important content management system for your site.

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