Microsoft® Expression® Web 2 Step by Step (Step by Step Developer) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0735626119
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Chris Leeds has been a Microsoft MVP for Microsoft Office FrontPage® for more than three years. He s also a Microsoft FrontPage Registered Web Presence Developer and a member of both the HTML Writer s Guild and International Webmaster s Association. A long-time digital photographer and Web enthusiast, Chris also developed a software product that helps users easily create sites that can be edited and managed with just a browser. He was the technical editor for FRONTPAGE 2003: THE MISSING MANUAL and developed several tutorials on FrontPage.

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Product Details

  • Series: Step by Step Developer
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626119
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,799,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Raleigh, NC on March 26, 2009
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Over the last month, I have gone through all 354 pages of this book sentence by sentence, word by word and "step by step" except for Chapter 2 on "Moving from FrontPage to Expression Web2." I have never used FrontPage so it would have little meaning for me.

I'm new to web-building so I can only speak with that experience. This begs the question, "Who is this book designed for," that is, "who would get the most out of it." The book makes no statements to that effect. And perhaps another question, "Are there enough books and training material available on this software to allow one to pick and choose for one's experience level? "Is there a "master manual" for this software or some other "Missing Manual?" There was a "Dummies" book for the first EW version. The answers to those question seem to be that because this software is relatively new, few books are available and apparently, a master manual does not exist and would need to be so massive and expensive (if it had to cover a complete understanding of the EW2 program including a complete review of CSS/PHP/, etc., etc.

I purchased this Microsoft Press book along with "Sam's Teach Yourself MS EW2", "Visual Quickstart Guide MS EW" (Hester/first version of Expression), and "Special Edition-Using MS EW2" (Jim Cheshire). Sam's claims their book was written for the "novice designer" which fits my description (they qualify it by saying a seasoned designer will find lots of useful info). On the cover of Cheshire's book it states it is "The ONLY EW2 book you need."

Regardless, one would assume that, minimally, only a person who had some decent computer skills and serious interest in designing web pages (and time on their hands) would want to delve into an intense program such as EW2.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Darrett on November 23, 2008
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A very good book for the beginner, or an intermediate user of Frontpage, This is the second edition, explains how to embed Silverlight, Media Player and Flash into your website. Explains how to use ASP.NET 2 features and controls, somethings not in the first edition (Step by Step Microsoft Expression Web). Includes CD for practice files, book arrived in good shape and within 2 days for standard mailing. Can contact author for questions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Snake_Eye on July 27, 2009
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I bought this book along with the Expression Web 2 software. Before this, I knew almost nothing about making a website, and I had never even heard of EW2. A few weeks earlier, I had purchased a few domains with visions of .... I'm not really sure. Was I going to create a business, a blog, or just play on the internet? If you're in a similar situation, I cannot recommend this book (and software) enough.

Step by Step is arranged like a workbook. A companion CD includes practice files for almost every chapter. The exercises are nearly idiot proof, although I managed a few stumbles along the way. Despite that, the novice should have very few problems creating and publishing a web site with nothing other than EW2 and this book. The teaching style is "click this," "enter this text," "after entering this text, an options menu appears, select option....," "the result is displayed in Figure...." If you manage to destroy a project, you can just reload it from the CD. The book is loaded with figures, hints, and problem solving tips.

Initially, I tried skipping things that I didn't think were relevant to me. For example, why would I ever need to read the chapter "Building a Web Site from Scratch?" Even a fool knows that there are terabytes of free templates out there. However, I soon realized the error of my thinking. My problem was that I didn't know what I didn't know. Within each chapter are loads of tidbits I immediately incorporated into my template based website. No part of this book should be skipped if you are a novice.

This book is not a study book or a book to be read in front of the TV. It's a book that you sit down in front of the computer with and go through page by page. Before you get half way through, you'll have a website up and running.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrence Carling on June 26, 2009
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After purchasing Expression Web 2 several months ago, I set about learning how to use it. My goal was practical: become proficient enough to be productive with the application. I found several tutorials online, but after awhile I found most of them either too basic or too advanced.

In previous years I taught myself various software applications such as FrameMaker, Illustrator and Photoshop mostly through the printed word and decided to travel that route again. I bought three books in quick succession: 'Expression Web 2 On Demand' by Steve Johnson; 'Special Edition, Using Microsoft Expression Web 2'by Jim Cheshire,and 'Expression Web 2 Step by Step' by Chris Leeds.

There's a wealth of information in all three books, and I was impressed with all three authors' depth of knowledge. However, I found myself spending more and more time with 'Step by Step' than the others. Why? Expression Web 2 is an industrial strength web editor with a substantial learning curve, and doing the exercises in subsequent chapters of Leeds' book gave me an overview and a confidence that I could not get from the other books. The CD is invaluable because you can always go back and redo an exercise that you messed up on before.

'Expression Web 2: Step by Step' follows a proven pedagogical approach: introduce a concept, practise it, and then keep adding to the foundation. This is an excellent book and I am well on my way towards achieving my goal of proficiency.
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