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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 3 in 24 Hours [Paperback]

by Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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Book Description

September 28, 2009 0672330644 978-0672330643 1

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 3. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you’ll master the entire process, from concept through delivery. You’ll learn powerful ways to plan, design, construct, and even redesign websites that are simple to manage and easy to repurpose. 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 3 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 Web 3 website in just five minutes
  • Establish work processes for building standards-based sites faster, with far less work
  • Write error-free code quickly and easily with Code view and IntelliSense
  • Create hyperlinks that simplify navigation, perform actions, and send commands
  • Understand, create, and modify CSS style sheets with unprecedented speed and accuracy
  • Use Dynamic Web Templates to consistently format (or reformat) hundreds of pages
  • Implement state-of-the-art interactivity with buttons, behaviors, and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Publish simple Silverlight applications and add multimedia content from Flash and other sources
  • Build advanced drop-down and other CSS-based menus from scratch
  • Learn how and when to use each of Expression Web’s six publishing options
  • Integrate web application code written in ASP.NET or PHP

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a web designer, developer, programmer, and digital media expert based in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. For his work with Expression Web, he has been honored with Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional Award. He contributes regularly to the official Microsoft Expression newsletter, has been published in international design magazines, and blogs on Expression Web at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330643
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear Instructions for a Novice or a Pro October 7, 2009
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I bought Expression Web 2 a year ago along with several books of instructions and bogged down completely. (Don't worry, I'm coming to Expression Web 3 in a minute.) One book told what to do, but not why it was being done (basic theory behind the clicks). Another spent so much time on the why, it never seemed to get to the what, and my eyes glazed over. I'd start working my way through a book, then stop and put it off for awhile, then start again. But by then I'd forgotten what I'd done before. Then I found something by Morten online that made so much sense that when I discovered his book on Expression Web 2, I ordered it immediately. It was so great, that after working through a couple of chapters, I e-mailed Morten to tell him how much I liked it and how helpful it was. That's when I learned that he had a new book coming out on Expression Web 3.

Since I hadn't gone very far in EW2, I ordered an update to Expression Web 3 along with this book. Here's what I love about the book. In chapter 1, Morten shows you the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow -- the completed web site that you will build over the next 24 chapters. Then he goes back and shows you how to make a rainbow. The instruction is clear, friendly, and easy to understand. Even though I'm a novice at web site design and just want to be able to improve my own web sites, I'm confident I can do a project that at a minimum will be decent and professional looking and with a little effort can be quite nice. Thanks Morten
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expression Web Novice December 23, 2009
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I have been a fan of Sam's for quite awhile. I found this book to be a good step by step of how to use expression web, especially with CSS. My only complaint, is that for the most part, you must do all the lessons in order for future lessons to work. I wish that the folder for each hour could have been updated with the files that were supposed to have been modified in the previous hour. If they were, then you could skip the sections you know, instead of having to complete the whole book. That being said, I have bought two other books, and this book by far is much easier to understand as it's linear progression takes you from start to finish, instead of jumping all over the place.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Expression-Even for a Beginner October 12, 2009
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I was a little nervous about Expression Web 3. It's been 7 years since I worked with MS FrontPage and Dreamweaver. I knew just enough to see what Expression Web was offering but not enough to use it without lots of frustration. Thank goodness for Sam's Teach Yourself. It is straightforward and well-organized. I can move to chapters (or "hours") for step-by-step directions, along with screen shots that make the whole process simple. Expression Web 3 has so many great features. Now, thanks to Sam's Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 3 in 24 Hours, I can actually use them.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference & Great Read October 5, 2009
I just got this book in the mail recently and found it to be an immediately useful reference for someone who is familiar with coding websites but aims to improve their workflow. I am familiar with Expression Web as well so I was able to jump to the chapters that interested me most and dive right in. I liked that he spent the time to go through CSS very thoroughly for more novice readers.

Morten seems to have found the sweet spot between a good instructional manual and reference guide. I would definetly give this book a high recomendation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The thing I liked most about Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 3 in 24 Hours is that it starts at the beginning and leads the reader through the various steps of creating the web site illustrated in the book. As a beginner in Expression Web 3 I really appreciated this approach to learning the program. So many computer books (and the other books on Expression Web 3 that I have seen) explain the various features of the program but do not present them in what I would consider to be a logical sequence. Such books might be great for experienced users, and I will probably be using them myself now, but if you are a beginner in Expression Web 3, Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 3 in 24 Hours is a very good starting point.

But that said, learning was a struggle. A month and many, many hours later I have to admit I am disappointed. Some of my difficulty may have been my status as a beginner or my failure to understand the lessons , but there are many errors in the text as well, many examples do not work as shown or explained, and many explanations are confusing or incomplete. I was constantly getting stuck. And I guess that describes my biggest complaint about this book: If you get stuck, you stay stuck. There are not enough illustrations in the book to show what the reader is expected to do, and there was no place to go to see what the code should have been, what I should have done differently, or why my page did not work. A companion DVD or a place on the author's web site with such illustrations and help would have been greatly appreciated. It is also a shame the author or publisher didn't ask a target reader to work his way through the book and point these problems out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Recommend December 17, 2009
Sorry, but I am NOT a fan of this book. I struggled with it, and found learning the book to be difficult (and thus frustrating). As I moved from chapter to chapter, I would often forget how to do a task I learned in an earlier chapter. And then I found it hard to refer back to an earlier lesson as there was no simple reference framework to rely on.

I just purchased Microsoft Expression Web 3 On Demand. It is organized in a logical way. Each page is a simple explanation of how to do a task with helpful visuals and graphics. The book's cover says "what you need, when you need it." It's a good description of what this book offers. For me, Sam's book made it difficult for me to find what I needed when I wanted it. So I didn't like it, and can't recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Sam is a great teacher! The book is very well done and a joy to learn from. Hands on experience!
Published 8 months ago by Mary Starkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Follow Instructions
Sams Teach book has a way of explaining the way Expression Web 4 works so that anyone who has an interest in this can follow. It has become my bible for using Web Expression. Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn Expression this is fantastic
I bought the Kindle version of this book so I could use it along side my computer while trying to learn Expression Web. Really excellent. The hands one exercises were invaluable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jebavonct
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice format
Bought this along with the software and gave it to my employee so she could learn the software. She did fine with it.
Published 12 months ago by Andrew Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good
Still working with it as I'm taking my time getting into website development. This book has been very helpful so far.
Published 16 months ago by Daniel Gulino
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really helps
I highly recommend this book to go with the purchase of Microsoft Expression Web 4. You will need it and helps tremendously!
Published 17 months ago by Dana Barnett
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
Waste of money and time. Learning from this book is like a blind man watching firework. Amazon didn't tell me there is an updated version.
Published 20 months ago by pps
5.0 out of 5 stars So easy
I've used FrontPage for several years and needed an upgrade; so I tried Dreamweaver at the suggestion of two people. Read more
Published 21 months ago by gphardin
5.0 out of 5 stars Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Expression Web 4 in 24 Hours
Starting from scratch with no knowledge whatsoever of HTML, Expression Web and website building this book has led me to a complete understanding without any difficulty. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Deno
5.0 out of 5 stars Expression Web 4.0 Book
Great book to help movement from Microsoft FrontPage 2003 into the new standards of website building. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Terry Martin
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