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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 2 in 24 Hours Paperback – October 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0672330292 ISBN-10: 0672330296 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (October 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330292
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,385,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you'll learn how to build flexible, easy-to-maintain, standards-based websites with Microsoft Expression Web 2. Using this book's straightforward, step-by-step approach, you'll master the entire process-from concept and design through delivery! Each lesson builds on what you've already learned, giving you a strong real-world foundation for success, no matter what kind of site you're building!


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Expression Web 2 tasks.


Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge.


By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.


Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.


Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them


Learn how to…


·        Build your first Expression website in just five minutes!

·        Import text from Microsoft Word and other software

·        Make the most of Expression Web 2's advanced image-editing features

·        Create hyperlinks that simplify navigation, perform actions, and send commands

·        Write error-free code quickly and easily with Code View and IntelliSense

·        Use CSS to control your site's appearance, create standards-based, cross-browser content, and simplify redesigns

·        Design site layouts that communicate more effectively

·        Use Dynamic Web Templates to consistently format (or reformat) hundreds of pages

·        Implement state-of-the-art interactivity with Behaviors

·        Add Silverlight, Flash, and other multimedia content

·        Build a web-based email form with FrontPage Server Extensions and PHP

·        Integrate web application code written in ASP.NET or PHP


Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer, developer, programmer, and digital media expert based in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. He has operated Pink and Yellow Media since 2002, creating web and design solutions for small businesses and individuals. For his work with Expression Web, he was invited as a Canadian VIP to the MIX08 conference in Las Vegas and asked to present onBuilding Compelling Websites on the Microsoft Platformat Microsoft's Innovation Briefing. He blogs on Expression Web at


Category: Web Development

Covers: Microsoft Expression Web 2

User Level: Beginning—Intermediate


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About the Author

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is the owner and creative director of Pink & Yellow Media, a design company that provides digital media creations for small businesses and television. Through the years he has had many different titles: photographer, studio musician, composer, politician, writer, jeweler, philosopher, artist, and university senate member. But it is in the role of a designer he feels truly at home (at least for the moment).


Morten started designing websites back in 1997, but it wasn’t until he moved to Canada in 2002 that he really started to focus on web design as a possible career (surprisingly there were few job listings for Norwegian philosophy majors in Vancouver at the time). Over the years he has worked with many different technologies, but after being introduced to Expression Web 2 he has shifted the focus of the web part of his business almost exclusively to the art of CSS and blog design. Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 2 in 24 Hours is his first published book. You can also find his tutorials and other design-related musings on his blog at and in many different forums and newsgroups throughout the Web. If you have any questions relating to the book, you can contact Morten by writing to



More About the Author

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer and developer with a passion for clean design, standards-based code, and open-source software. He is a multi-year receipient of the Microsoft MVP Award for his work with Expression Web and he specializes in advanced WordPress development and customization. Morten has published several books, articles, and videos on these topics and is a popular speaker at conferences. The Creative Director of the boutique-style digital media company Pink & Yellow Media, he divides his time evenly between building web solutions and teaching others how to do things right and get the most out of the web.

Morten blogs at and Tweets under the handle @Mor10. When he's not glued in front of his screens bending and twisting web code to do his bidding you are likely to find him taking pictures, planning the next 12x12 Vancouver Photo Marathon or wearing out his shoes on a ballroom dance floor.

Morten grew up in Norway and made Canada his home in 2002.

Customer Reviews

The book was obviously not proof read which also causes problems.
Marilyn Vanpelt
All I wanted to learn was how to tweak my website and make it smoother, faster, learn a little about why things are the way they are and this book did exactly that!
J. Kohlmeyer
I just finished rebuilding the site again but used styles in a CSS, and I'm down to 3115 errors; most of which are PayPal's coding errors.
R. T. Guthrie

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Pennoyer on January 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Starting out in Expression Web can be intimidating - certainly it was for me. I had very little experience in HTML, a fresh copy of the program on my screen, and a major project to accomplish. Rand-Hendriksen's text turned out to be just what I needed. The first chapter ("hour 1") provides the reader with a helpful orientation to the program's workspace. But starting with chapter 2 the real strength of the text comes through as the author leads the student through the development an actual practice website (and a few related side projects). I found this "learning by doing" to be very helpful. I worked through most of the chapters/hours, only skipping one or two of the most advanced that I knew were not applicable to my project. Throughout the author proves himself to be a good teacher using both descriptive text and relevant illustrations, and only in a few places do I wish he had added further explanation. After finishing the text I was able to build a 22 page web site, featuring CSS and drop down menus.

As good as it is, the text could be strengthened in a few ways. First, it probably should include an annotated bibliography. Since the text is not a reference work, students should use it in tandem with a book of that type like Elizabeth Castro's HTML, XHTML, and CSS which I found helpful. Nor is it a book on web artistry, for which I can appreciate (but not emulate) Jason Beaird in his The Principles of Beautiful Web Design. Second, I would add a few pages at the end of the book that would function almost as checklist to help the student start out on their own project.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Steffes on March 11, 2009
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Since the book has received some five-star reviews, it is obviously serving the needs of some readers. I would like to mention several things that may limit its value to others.

First, the book is clearly more of an extended tutorial than a reference work. You have to want to take the time to work through each exercise (24 one-hour exercises in all), working on the author's whimsical little website called Beginners will probably find this a good way to learn, at least for the easier exercises earlier in the book. Users with previous web design experience might prefer to have the workings of the program more simply stated, without having to learn them by working on the same couple of pages over and over again. All users will have to be able to abstract the design principles from the details of the "do this, now do this, now do this...." It isn't always easy to distinguish the general procedures to follow in constructing your own site from the instructions that apply only to the practice site. I would have liked a better explanation of the material first, and then the practice exercise applying it to for those who want it.

When the book gets to some of the more powerful design tools, such as prepackaged layouts and cascading style sheets, the fact that the tutorial has already led you to create pages with specific content creates a little confusion. The early exercises tell you to do something in a primitive way, and then the later exercises tell you to revise it in order to take advantage of the tool that in real life you should have used in the first place! For example, when you design your own site, you probably want to select a layout with places for a heading, navigation menu, etc., and then create the content to fill it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emmett Moore on February 8, 2009
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I tried all of previous Web Expression 2 books. This is the best...dont even waste your time with the others. This is the only one that takes you from start to finish on a brand spanking new website. If you have no idea about websites or code, then this book will do the trick.

5 big stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Sylvester on December 2, 2008
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Out of frustration from a previous book that I was reading on "expression web 2" I ended up getting Sam's. In a nutshell, I like how everything is explained, the examples, the little quizes, and - overall - his teaching style. Very easy to understand and would definitely get you ready for bigger and better things. Thank you Sam - aka - Morten Rand-Hendriksen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Newmark on August 19, 2009
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I bought 3 books on EW2 and this is the one I chose to keep. The one from Microsoft was in large font an many less pages than this one and seemed to basic. This one has been just right. I've worked through most of the book by now and I've learned a lot.

I was looking for a 'tutorial' type book and this one is just that. It's also organized in such a way that I feel I will be able to use it to refer back too when I go to create my own website.

I've built websites before with FrontPage 2000 and Expression Web 2 is a much more advanced tool and is 'standards based' as best as I can tell. A few hours of the book are dedicated teaching you CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the tools to create them in EW2 which is great because I haven't used them before.

All of the lessons files can be downloaded from the authors website and the site he has you build is very relevent to what he is teaching. Each chapter's files are set up in the files you download as 'start from here on this chapter' and 'here's the final files for this chapter' so review will be easy and he starts you fresh in each hour so that if you haven't done things exactly his way he has a way of saying 'start from here.'

The only drawback to the book is the number of typos, mis-labeled screenshots, etc. However, I've been able to recognize these errors easily and move forward. These are why this book gets 4 stars instead of 5. That said, you will learn EW2 with this book.
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