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Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Inside Out
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Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Inside Out

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by Jim Buyens

Hey, you know your way around the Web—so now dig into FrontPage 2003 and really put your Web design skills to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and handy workarounds in concise, fast-answer format. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover the best and fastest ways to perform everyday


Hey, you know your way around the Web—so now dig into FrontPage 2003 and really put your Web design skills to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and handy workarounds in concise, fast-answer format. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover the best and fastest ways to perform everyday tasks, and challenge yourself to new levels of FrontPage mastery!

  • From site planning to production, drill deep into core and advanced FrontPage techniques
  • Get expert design tips—from editing text and pictures to using colors, themes, and style sheets
  • Animate page objects and add sound, video, Flash files, and plug-ins
  • Add text search, registration forms, and other data-driven features
  • Set up and run your own Web server
  • Write your own macros and scripts and tweak HTML, XML, and program code
  • Develop data-driven portal sites that run on Microsoft Windows SharePoint

ServicesCD features:

  • Complete eBook
  • Insider Extras—sample Web components, scripts, Microsoft ASP.NET-based tools, macros, and code, plus the full Web site example used in the book
  • Catalog of select FrontPage resources with links to third-party tools and demos
  • Microsoft add-ins, demos, and trials, including Insider’s Guide to Microsoft Office OneNote eBook
  • Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition, eBook—10,000+ entries

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Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
With the possible exception of Outlook, FrontPage 2003 has changed more than any other Microsoft Office System application. FrontPage has traditionally been designed primarily for Web beginners and businesspeople: folks who might know Word but are not Web professionals. These folks are still a crucial market for Microsoft. But FrontPage 2003 adds many industrial-strength features needed by professional Web designers and developers, too. There’s a lot of new stuff to learn, including a significantly tweaked interface. Backed by Microsoft, Jim Buyens has written the definitive guide to FrontPage 2003 for users with some FrontPage or Web design/development experience.

Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Inside Out isn’t a beginner’s guide. While Buyens offers a “whirlwind tour” of the basics, he doesn’t waste a lot of time on stuff you already know. (Total newbies might check out Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Step by Step.) That leaves the bulk of this big book for FrontPage 2003’s enhancements and advanced features.

Many of these new features will simplify development for both pros and amateurs. For example, Buyens introduces new task panes for building layouts and manipulating table cells, and the handy Autostretch option for preventing unwanted distortion of table rows and columns.

Buyens also offers detailed coverage of dynamic Web templates, which allow you to define editable and non-editable regions of a page. Change non-editable areas, and the changes are applied sitewide, wherever you’ve used the template. (Sounds like Macromedia Dreamweaver? You’re in luck: the feature is intended to be “syntax-compatible” with Macromedia Dreamweaver. You should be able to use existing Dreamweaver sites -- maybe even permit Dreamweaver and FrontPage users collaborate on the same projects.

Buyens also focuses on using FrontPage to build sites that use Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 running on Windows Server 2003.

SharePoint 2.0 is immensely powerful -- but it has all kinds of implications. For instance, whereas classic FrontPage extensions use ASP or ASP.NET for database access, SharePoint 2.0 uses XML data sources formatted via XSLT. Your pages, images, and documents aren’t stored as ordinary files, but as database records. SharePoint 2.0 also depends heavily on Web Parts: content fragments that site designers, administrators, and authorized visitors can add, delete, or manipulate.

Buyens thoroughly covers the issues associated with SharePoint sitebuilding. You’ll first walk through creating simple SharePoint Team Sites; then use the aforementioned Web Parts to build diverse SharePoint applications; and finally, access and integrate data sources inside and outside your SharePoint application.

As with all the books we’ve seen in the Microsoft Inside Out series, you also get an electronic version on CD-ROM, plus loads of bonuses -- notably the excellent Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition. There are also goodies straight from Microsoft’s FrontPage product team: stuff you won’t find in anyone else’s FrontPage book. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Meet the Author

Jim Buyens is the senior PC-LAN administrator for AG Communication Systems, a leading provider of telecommunications switching equipment and software. An early champion of TCP/IP applications and connectivity, he architected a coast-to-coast corporate network with over 25 Windows NT® based servers and 1,000 client PCs. He’s also the Webmaster at www.agcs.com, designing, deploying, and overseeing an intranet with over 14,000 Web pages. He also maintains a Web site featuring support for his books and help in finding Windows NT resources. The URL is http://www.interlacken.com. He is the author of Building Net Sites With Windows NT: An Internet Services Handbook (Addison Wesley, July 1996) and Stupid Web Tricks (Microsoft Press, 1998).

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Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Inside Out 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells you eveything you need to know about Frontpage 2003. It leaves me speechless. Easy to understand and use...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written with everyone in mind; even beginners. Although I currently own and run my own web designing firm, this book has 'smoothed out' many of the rough edges on my sites and helped me gain understanding of more of FrontPage's resources and features. It is truly a 'must have' book for anyone that wishes to use FrontPage to it's fullest extent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I judge all technical books based upon return on investment. If a book saves me time, that has value. I assess the value at $25 per hour of time saved, so I break even on a $50 book if I save 2 hours. I broke even on this book before I left the Barnes & Noble store. I chose 5 topics, looked them up in the index, and read the reference. I learned something new and useful on 2 out of the 5 topics, enough so that I immediately was able to accomplish a task that had stumped me. I looked at four other books while I was in the store and none addressed my 5 topics. I've had the book for two days and it's helped me move along on 8 other issues. Before I had the book, I was using online help, Microsoft's materials at the FrontPage site, and other sites around the Web, none of which helped. 'Inside Out' is a winner. I can't wait for the movie.