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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

David Sawyer McFarland
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Book Description

Available for both the Mac and Windows, Macromedia's Dreamweaver 8 is a professional web design and development program used by millions of Internet professionals to build high-quality static and dynamic database-driven web sites. It offers drag-and-drop simplicity, streamlined HTML coding tools, and powerful database integration features. But Dreamweaver 8 is missing one vital component: a printed manual.

Enter Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual, the completely revised fourth edition of this bestselling book by experienced web site trainer, Macromedia Certified instructor, and Dreamweaver Advisory Council member David McFarland. This book enables both first-time and experienced web designers to create visually stunning and highly interactive web sites.

With crystal-clear writing and much welcome humor, this new edition offers features such as:

  • Live examples: With McFarland's step-by-step annotated tutorials, you'll learn how to construct a state-of-the-art commercial web site, complete with working forms, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and dynamic databases.
  • Tricks of the trade: The book is bursting with undocumented workarounds and shortcuts for easing the process of building, maintaining, and updating professional web sites.
  • Design guidance: You'll learn to create virtually every modern web feature, including forms, animations, cascading menus, and more--and you'll find out which browsers you need to provide special coding or do extra testing with.

No matter what your level of expertise is, you'll also learn how to manage your entire web site-whether you've just launched or if it's been around for awhile and takes up thousands of pages. Beginners with no web design experience will appreciate the step-by-step guide to designing, organizing, building, and deploying a web site; long-time Dreamweaver users will appreciate the advanced, real-world techniques for controlling the appearance of their web pages with CSS.

With more than 500 illustrations, a handcrafted index, and the clarity of thought that has made bestsellers of every Missing Manual to date, this is the ultimate atlas for the complex and powerful Dreamweaver 8.

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About the Author

David McFarland has been designing web sites since 1995. He's a professional web designer and educator who has worked with the University of California at Berkeley, Intuit, and Macworld magazine among others. He is a frequent speaker at web-related conferences and teaches web design and development at Portland State University. He is a Macromedia Certified instructor and a member of the Dreamweaver Advisory Council.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17773 KB
  • Print Length: 960 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 23, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3O4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on details, and just plain heavy! April 27, 2006
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ORIGINAL REVIEW (Apr. 27, 2006): "Heavy on details, and just plain heavy!" -- This is a really heavy book, and it's loaded with great examples, explanations, and illustrations. Unlike most Dreamweaver books, which stick either to basic, static web design or to advanced, dynamic pages, this book runs the gamut, not skimping on either (but certainly concentrating on the former). The chapters are organized logically, the chunks are reasonably small, and many of the chapters end with a very illustrative hands-on example to demonstrate the topics covered. Supplemented with on-line materials only available to owners of the book (for example, five chapters on PHP and SQL), the book covers almost everything, although a couple of topics (animation and frames) are available only as freely downloadable chapters from the prior (2004) edition of the book.

The style is less formal than many other books, but the material is covered in depth and accurately, for the most part. Like almost every technical book, the book's first printing does contain a reasonable number of minor errors, so be sure to refer to the author's website and take note of the errata before digging in. The book is printed in black and white with no color plates, but this does not affect its usability at all.

Despite the book's title, this really isn't a "manual" for Dreamweaver -- it's more of a primer. If you're an advanced user looking for a reference volume to provide a quick reference into every picayune detail of Dreamweaver, this isn't your book. This also isn't your book if you're looking for anything other than a first-pass introduction to ASP, PHP, or one of the other server models.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough book on making the most of Dreamweaver 8 November 23, 2006
Dreamweaver is a complete Web site production and management tool that works with Web technologies like HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This book provides great insight into using this tool. Along with basic instruction it also has tips I haven't found anywhere else. As you read the book's chapters, there are a number of living examples--step-by-step tutorials that you can build yourself, using raw materials like graphics and half-completed Web pages that you can download from from the web. Simply reading these step-by-step lessons might not gain you much. However, if you take the time to work through the examples at the computer, you'll discover that these tutorials give you unprecedented insight into the way professional designers build Web pages. Also in this book's lessons are the URLs of the finished pages so that you can compare your Dreamweaver work with the final result. In other words, you won't just see pictures of Dreamweaver's output in the pages of the book. You can also find the actual working Web pages on the Internet.

Part One, Building a Web Page, explores Dreamweaver's interface and goes through the basic steps of building a Web page. It explains how to add text and format it, how to link from one page to another, and how to spice up your designs with graphics.

Part Two, Building a Better Web Page, goes deeper into Dreamweaver and explains how to gain greater control of the design of a Web page. It shows how to use more advanced features, such as tables, layers, and Cascading Style Sheets. In addition, there's get step-by-step instructions for creating advanced page layouts, as well as on how to view and work with the underlying HTML code of a page.

Part Three, Bringing Your Pages to Life, discusses adding interactivity to your site.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver 8 Definitive How-To Guide February 20, 2006
With over 900 pages of "Missing Manual" goodness, 'Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual' just might be the finest book of this series. For the retail price of $44.95, it's incredible that this much information could be contained within. I have written lots of reviews on the line by David Pogue, and I am continually impressed at how well these books are written and laid out. David Sawyer McFarland puts his heart and soul into this book and boy does it show!

From the basics of getting your web site up and running with Dreamweaver to a discussion on CSS to a discussion on page layout to adding dynamic content, this book will take someone who has never made a web page before to becoming a superuser in no time.

If you need to create a web site at your work or you are delving into the world of producing a personal web site, you cannot go wrong if you want to use Dreamweaver to develop your spot on the web. Dreamweaver has been the web development tool of choice for many, many years, and it's no surprise. Version 8 of the popular tool only improves upon everything else that used to be good before and this truly is the manual that SHOULD have been in the box!!

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find this manual!!! May 11, 2006
I admit, I am a techno-junkie. As a technical writer and web designer I buy all the latest software and try and keep up with all the latest languages and hardware to support my techno-habits. Whenever I purchase new software I also purchase 3-4 books on the subject as I am mostly self-taught when it comes to trying the latest things. I use Dreamweaver moderately for work and the last source of training I used was for version 4. I also took a Dreamweaver MX course at a local community college to get up to speed quickly on the newest features Dreamweaver had to offer, the course pretty much taught me what I already knew. To be fair I understand the ciriculum is pretty much pre-determined but I needed more than the basics or what I could easliy find in the help system.

After attending a seminar by David McFarland, I did what I usually do and ran out to purchase his book on Dreamweaver 8 as many of the Dreamweaver 8 books had yet to have hit the shelves. To my surprise this time I would not need 3-4 books in order to fully utilize all Dreamweaver has to offer. This book was so clear, concise, and downright READABLE, I found tips and techniques I had never used before, nor read about in any of the other manuals or bibles.

By the first chapter I had already resolved an issue I could find no information on anywhere else. I passed this book around at work and we now have 4 copies. Each of my co-workers have thanked me profusely for suggesting the book and use it frequently when working with Dreamweaver.

Beginners will be walked through every detail of Dreamweavers interface and be up to speed and desiging quickly and efficiently in no time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I have used this book for many years. It is very informative, easy to follow and smartly written. Great Book!
Published 15 months ago by IslandDancer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
A down to earth manual ... helps to unravel html and behaviors. Can be frustrating software to understand and utilise.
Published 20 months ago by John McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Great resource for someone designing their own website. Good references within the book. Thanks for the prompt service and great product.
Published 21 months ago by Jason Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver 8 The Missing Manual
Excellent text for the program! Thorough, clearly written, has practice programs on line, the best text I've seen yet for teaching one's self.
Published on April 28, 2012 by Cyndi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dreamweaver book
Excellent book about an old but very good version of Dreamweaver! And the book I received was brand new!!! Thanks!!!
Published on April 11, 2012 by puckie
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the MacroMedia books...
If you are reading this review than you KNOW how difficult it is to learn DreamWeaver from the MacroMedia Training manual it comes with. This book is SO much better. Read more
Published on March 1, 2010 by E. Vollers
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book
One of the best things about Dreamweaver 8 The Missing Manual is that they have an online source where you can download files so you can practice chapter by chapter. Read more
Published on September 11, 2009 by JP Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book To Learn Dreamweaver With
Purchased this and I learned more in one day, than I did in weeks without it. Well worth it for me. Its nice to be able to follow along with the tutorials.
Published on May 7, 2009 by J. Saxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for impatient people
I like to just jump in. Hate reading instruction manuals, find most of them little better than the cause of a good nights sleep. This book is my first exception! Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by L. E. Mcdonald
2.0 out of 5 stars OK book, but not the best for website creation in Dreamweaver
I bought this book hoping it would be all that I would need to build my sites with cleanly and yet some complexity. Read more
Published on June 5, 2008 by Liamsmama
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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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