From the Author
Since my previous book on PHP in Dreamweaver MX 2004, I've spent a lot of time researching the problems people encounter getting PHP/MySQL to work with Dreamweaver. The result is a book that I'm convinced will have you up and running quickly and painlessly. Dreamweaver 8 takes a lot of the hard work out of integrating a database into your websites, but it cant do everything. So instead of just giving you a series of instructions to click this and click that, I help you understand whats going on in the background. If you understand why
youre doing something, youre more likely to remember it, and to get it right.
Ive based the book round a case study that puts all of Dreamweavers PHP server behaviors through their paces, and uses techniques that can be applied to a wide range of sites, whether youre designing for yourself or on behalf of clients. I also equip you with sufficient knowledge of basic PHP to have the confidence to dive into the code generated by Dreamweaver and tweak it to your own requirements. The emphasis is exclusively on PHP, so you dont waste any time on information thats not relevant to what youre doing.
The final chapter takes an in-depth look at the exciting new addition to Dreamweaver 8s server behaviors, XSL Transformation, which makes light work of incorporating a live news feed and other XML documents into your websites. Ive had fun writing it. I hope you have fun using it.
About the Author
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.