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Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) [Kindle Edition]

David Sawyer McFarland
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Book Description

When it comes to building professional websites, Dreamweaver CS4 is capable of doing more than any other web design program -- including previous versions of Dreamweaver. But the software's sophisticated features aren't simple. Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual will help you master this program quickly, so you can bring stunning, interactive websites to life.

Under the expert guidance of bestselling author and teacher David McFarland, you'll learn how to build professional-looking websites quickly and painlessly. McFarland has loaded the book with over 150 pages of hands-on tutorials to help you create database-enabled PHP pages, use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for cutting-edge design, add XML-based news feeds, include dynamic effects with JavaScript and AJAX, and more. This witty and objective book offers jargon-free language and clear descriptions that will help you:

  • Learn how to control the appearance of your web pages with CSS, from the basics to advanced techniques
  • Design dynamic database-driven websites, from blogs to product catalogs, and from shopping carts to newsletter signup forms
  • Add interactivity to your website with ready-to-use JavaScript programs from Adobe's Spry Framework
  • Effortlessly control the many helper files that power your website and manage thousands of pages
  • Examine web-page components and Dreamweaver's capabilities with the book's "live examples"

Perfect for beginners who need step-by-step guidance, and for longtime Dreamweaver designers who need a handy reference to the new version, this thoroughly updated edition of our bestselling Missing Manual is your complete guide to designing, organizing, building, and deploying websites. It's the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver CS4.

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About the Author

David Sawyer McFarland is the president of Sawyer McFarland Media Inc., a web development and training company located in Portland, Oregon. In addition, he teaches JavaScript programming, Flash, and web design at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center for Electronic Art, the Academy of Art College, and Ex'Pressions Center for New Media. He was formerly the webmaster at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center. David is also the author of CSS: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual.

Product Details

  • File Size: 20060 KB
  • Print Length: 1090 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 24, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596522924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596522926
  • ASIN: B0026OR2LS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,017 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Dreamweaver CS4 January 20, 2009
Dreamweaver CS4 is the latest version of the popular web editing software from Abobe. There are lots of new features in this version (compared to CS3) such as Live View: a better way to see how your page works without having to open it up in a separate browser, better integration for JavaScript and Ajax, easier interface for finding and updating source and include files attached to your web pages, cleaner CSS code created and much more.

For the newbie or existing user of Dreamweaver, there is lots to learn in this new version and the book Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual is a great way to get started on learning Dreamweaver or get quick updates on the new things CS4 has to offer.

Of course this book is big (over 1000 pages) but it is going to be a complete learning reference for newbie's and well as good reference for existing users of the tool.

Compared to other Dreamweaver books I have, it makes it really easy to find exactly what you want with the clear and concise headings and subheading at the top of each page. I hate books that make you hunt around for pages trying to find what area of the book you are in.

The book is divided into 6 main sections:

1. A Guided Tour: This is for the newbie who want to learn the basics of the new CS4 interface and how to use some of the basic tools for creating web pages.

2. Building a Better Web Page: This takes in depth of advanced CSS layout and design (liquid layouts, fixed layouts, elastic layouts, positioning of elements, navigation, etc.) This section alone is more information than any Dreamweaver book I've read before on layout design.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Newbies and Veterans January 18, 2009
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Those who need to get up to speed quickly on the intricacies of Dreamweaver CS4 would do well to grab onto this book. The author has a complete grasp on the subject matter and is able to communicate it with such ease that learning is almost effortless. Not only does he cover every aspect of the program, he also provides a full-bodied primer on Cascading Style Sheets and database websites. This is a big book with lots of stuff in it. But, as the Missing Manual series' tag line states, this IS the book that should have been in the box. If you are absolutely new to Dreamweaver, you won't find a better book. If you are upgrading from CS3 or an earlier version, you'll find the help you need. Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manual: Found! January 7, 2009
This welcome book by David McFarland explains Adobe's new version of Dreamweaver in both basic and advanced terms. It is a competent book for all users. On reading the book, I was surprised at what I did not know about basic web design and the advent of the all-encompassing CSS. As a relative novice I was surprised at the easy-to-understand tutorials scattered throughout the book. I also appreciated McFarland's unique sense of humour. Advanced web support also accompanies this book. Overall, my introduction to Dreamweaver has been made that much more easy by this 'missing' manual. My only criticism is its size. Two volumes may have been easier to hold. This is the workout version.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Dreamweaver CS4 manual December 20, 2009
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I purchased three books to help me learn Dreamweaver:

Dreamsweaver CS4 for Dummies
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (this book)
The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax and PHP

I started with Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, which I found to be a pretty good book. I was able to read it cover to cover (though it's not necessary to do so to get started). In addition to a good basic overview, it had a couple of very helpful tips in a chapter called "10 Resources You Might Need."

As my design became more detailed, I felt the need for a book that went into more depth and bought the other two books listed above. I like both books, but find I rely on The Missing Manual the most. Its writing is clear and easy to follow. The numerous tutorials give step-by-step instructions for a beginner on how to accomplish various tasks, with more advanced details included in the text.

I like The Essential Guide as well, but since I'm not using PHP, I find that there are areas where the advice they give simply doesn't work for me. For example, when I wanted to learn more about using templates, The Essential Guide gave only a very basic explanation, then went into far more detail about using PHP "includes" instead. While I agree that the PHP "includes" are probably the better choice, it's not one that is available to me since I don't have a PHP testing server (and don't want to go through the complexity of setting one up on my home computer). If you are using PHP, then this is definitely the book to get.

All in all, if I had to recommend one book to get started, it would be For Dummies, particularly if your needs are very simple and/or you're completely new to web site design.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great help January 25, 2009
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Dreamweaver is a great equalizer in web design. It lets people who have little to no knowledge of programming create solid websites very quickly and it helps seasoned web designers do incredible work as well.

This book is well written and clearly explains not only what the program can do but the underlying concepts that make web pages do what they do. You learn about how websites function, not just how to use this product- which is very helpful when you're creating a site not from the tutorials.

The two downsides to this book: all of the supplemental tutorial pieces (websites, graphics, etc.) that are used in the book are online and not on a CD. Yes, this helps cut the costs, but when you're just starting out, it seems like a bit of a chore (first rule of web design: Don't make me think!).
The other downside: this book is indeed heavy. Its very readable and packed with information, but the size will wear you down when you're just getting started and reading for more than just a few minutes. On the plus side, you are getting your money's worth and people will think you are very smart reading this massive tome.

In a couple of hours reading the book and following along on Dreamweaver, I had a functioning multi-page personal test page. A great place to get started. If I could, I would give this 4.5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful tips.
Was very informative. Lots of useful tips.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
average but still good
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great manual. The information you need to learn this program.
Published 5 months ago by John Ohmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
Bought this as a gift and the person I bought it for was very happy with it. So, I am happy and would recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn Dreamweaver
This is a great find. Love all the projects, work great. Was afraid that since it was an earlier book for an older version of dreamweaver, I couldn't download the projects. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cynthia S Hodukavich
4.0 out of 5 stars Class
The product fulfilled a requirement necessary for classes, which is why I brought the item. I thank you for prompt service.
Published 14 months ago by Arthur Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price and more
Wish I had brought is sooner. Something that Adobe should have included with the product. It contain more than you will use, but who knows what problems await you.
Published 16 months ago by Clarence D. Goosen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and explains everything
This is a great book that explains everything about Dreamweaverina simple, easy follow format. Most software doesn't come witha book- so this really is the missing manual!
Published 23 months ago by Beverly Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for the time.
An excellent guide for the time.
Published on January 22, 2013 by cyberbee17
5.0 out of 5 stars as described...
This product was as described. There were some things that I didn't understand but a pretty easy read for the most part.
Published on December 17, 2012 by djpuf
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David McFarland is a Portland, Oregon based Web developer who's been designing and building Web sites since 1995. He is the author of CSS: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual. He is also a Macromedia-certified trainer, and a member of the faculty of the multimedia program at Portland State University.

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