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PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 (Books for Professionals by Professionals the Expert's Voice) Paperback – July 5, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals the Expert's Voice
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (July 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590593502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590593509
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"PHP Web Development … is a concise, compact, no-nonsense guide that teaches you how to develop accessible, standards compliant PHP-driven Web sites using the latest technologies. … This author team presents real-world tutorials so you can expect fast results as you progress through the book. It also covers vital Web development topics such as Web standards principles and implementation and includes a useful set-up section to guide and get you up-and-running quickly and easily." (it-expert, Issue no. 48, 2004)

About the Author

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.

Allan Kent lives, works, and plays in Cape Town, South Africa. In the last four years, he's been implicated in at least 10 books dealing with PHP and web-related topics. When not being harassed by persistent editors about deadlines, he works doing new media design at Lodestone, which he co-owns. When not writing or programming, he enjoys relaxing at home with Wendy and their cats.

Rachel Andrew is a director of, a U.K.-based web solutions company, and is an experienced web developer. Rachel is a member of the Web Standards Project on the Dreamweaver Task Force, and hopes to encourage best practices in the support and use of W3C Standards in Dreamweaver. In addition to co-authoring several books, Rachel writes for various magazines and resource sites, both online and off. When not writing code or writing about writing code, Rachel spends time with her daughter, tries to encourage people to use Debian GNU/Linux, studies with the Open University, and enjoys a nice pint of beer.

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A good friend of mine is a programmer, and he avoids Dreamweaver like the plague.
Josh Leslie
I like this book because it combined Dreamweaver and PHP and shows in detail how to create recordsets and create a site from scratch.
Leo Mckenzie III
Combine with other more detailed reference books, this book is great to get anyone going with PHP and MySQL web development.
J. Wang

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Josh Leslie on September 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
As the title to my review suggests, if I had to describe this book in one sentence, that is the sentence I would have to use.

If someone with a rudimentary understanding of web design (someone that knew the basics, such as what (X)HTML tags do, and someone that has a decent grasp on how to put together static web pages) asked me what one book they should buy in order to better their web design skills, "PHP Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004" would be the book I would suggest to them. The reasons for this, I cite below. I also cite below the reasons why I would recommend this book to anyone who -- like myself -- has been hesitant to delve into designing dynamic websites, and in particular anyone who has been hesitant to put their feet down and take the plunge into PHP; the most popular scripting language in the world today for dynamic website solutions.

First off, I think that the authors of this book go above and beyond the call of duty of their subject matter, in that they included several chapters in this book that -- strictly speaking -- didn't have to be included. Had they followed a similar route to a lot of technical books out on the market these days, they could simply have included the bare-bones amount of information needed to do what the title of the book implies: develop dynamic PHP websites in DWMX 2004. However, the book would have been half the size, and so much the worse for it had they decided to take that route. I, and I'm sure many other readers of the book are thankful that they didn't take that route.

Instead, they include four chapters that make this book an invaluable addition to the shelf of any web designer who uses Macromedia Dreamweaver software to design websites.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on October 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'd like to give this book five stars because I think the coverage of Dreamweaver in the area of PHP development is well written and effective. The problem is that the book meanders off topic here and there. Getting deep into basic Dreamweaver features like basic editing, HTML layout, and CSS, well before getting into PHP. It's not until chapter five (page 153) that we really start to get into PHP.

The coverage then goes off topic again after the introduction to PHP, to get into writing Dreamweaver extensions. Which while interesting, is probably not what the reader was expecting from the title of the book.

It's hard to compare this book with a straight PHP web development book because the PHP coverage is from the Dreamweaver GUI perspective, where you can use the server behaviors features to drag-n-drop fields onto the page.

For those looking for a soup to nuts book that covers using Dreamweaver to build dynamic PHP pages, you have found your book. For those looking for coverage of the PHP specific features of Dreamweaver, this book is worth the look. If you are looking for a reference or introduction to PHP, this is not the book you want.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Theuerkorn on July 7, 2004
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Beginning July and this book has finally shipped! I Got it a few days ago and I am only half way into it, but it seems like a good 'investment' Finally a book that explains all the aspect of using PHP and MySQL with DreamWeaver MX2004. Most of it is applicable to DreamWeaver MX (6.x).
The content is excellent and despite the somewhat dry writing style very well structured and with great depth. Many other books failed for me to convey the whole idea of using PHP in DMX but this one finally works for me. Not only do they give great advice, but the debugging / trouble shooting section is extensive and certainly helpful for beginners (like me) and intermediates. It's not easy reading and not as enjoyable as Jeffrey Zeldmans "Designing with Web Standards" but that may be due to the topic and covered material. Databases are somewhat complex by nature.
The only thing I don't particularily care about is the layout. It starts with a typewriter style Table of Contents and ripples thru the book with somewhat inconsistent layout. (Some pictures have capitons others don't, some paragrahps are wider than others despite being of the same importance etc.) But that's mostly for the eye.
There is no CD included for the samples but that may be a good thing. Since "learning by doing" is less effective when taking shortcuts and simply loading the examples. However, if you don't like typing, the author's website provides downloads.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Milauskas on May 17, 2005
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I had a little knowledge of PHP and MySQL and had worked through part of an introductory book on the subject, but I really hate programming (even though it seems I'm forced to learn *something* as I progress in my web development career). So I picked up PHP Web Development w/ Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 because I thought it would take some of the pain out of creating a dynamic web site (database-driven) from scratch.

While the stuff I learned from the other book (syntax basics, etc.) gave me a pretty fair foundation, this book opened up new horizons. It's so great to be able to use Dreamweaver to automate so much of what goes into a dynamic site. Also, this book discusses the free PHPMyAdmin which makes creation and administration of databases a snap (BTW I'm a Mac OS X user).

Not only was I able to work through the exercises in relatively short order, I was pleased to find that one of the authors (David Powers) checks into the Apress forums on the website and personally helped me when I got to hurdles. That may not always be the case, but it was an extra benefit I found after purchasing the book.

I think the book was written in just the right style. I had a little bit of PHP/MySQL experience (which helped) but the book went detailed each step I was supposed to take so even if I didn't have that experience, I was able to follow along. The great thing about PHP and MySQL is that they are both FREE and open source so IT COSTS NOTHING to put together a dynamic, database-driven site. This book helps you do just that. I still have a long way to go as far as being able to put together my own site from scratch, but this book was fantastic. I will go back to page one and re-read it just to make sure Iget the concepts down.

I recommend this book very highly (and have never written a book review before so that speaks for itself).
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