- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies (October 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470345020
- ISBN-13: 978-0470345023
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,672,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
It's easier than ever to turn your Web design dreams into reality discover how!
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a Web design newbie, here's the quickest, easiest way to get up to speed on Dreamweaver CS4. Soon you'll be taking advantage of the new, more customizable interface, the improved integration with Flash and Photoshop, a handy new AJAX coding feature, Live View to let you see your work as it will actually appear, and a whole lot more.
- Discover Web design basics understand browser differences, make the most of CSS, and use Dynamic Web templates
Shades of gray see how the new gray interface makes it easier to work with the colors in your designs
Go graphic create and optimize Web graphics using Dreamweaver's close integration with Photoshop®
Cascading Style Sheets learn to create beautiful layouts that are easily updated using Dreamweaver's enhanced CSS features and templates
Give it Flash insert Flash files or link to audio and video files
Explore the Spry Framework include interactive features like drop-down menus and collapsible panels without writing code
Just add data connect your site to a data source and create basic interactivity for sites such as online catalogs
Open the book and find:
- How to customize the workspace
Tips for setting up links
The best formats for Web images
Which new tools help you work with code
How to create rollover images
Key concepts of a dynamic Web site
Page layout tips
How to manage, test, and publish your site
About the Author
Janine Warner is an author, speaker, and multimedia consultant. She is also a popular video host for Dreamweaver at TotalTraining.com and a regular columnist for Layers magazine. You'll find more tutorials at her Web site, DigitalFamily.com.
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Dreamsweaver CS4 for Dummies (this book)
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual
The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax and PHP
I started with Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, which I found to be a pretty good book. I was able to read it cover to cover (though it's not necessary to do so to get started). In addition to a good basic overview, it had a couple of very helpful tips in a chapter called "10 Resources You Might Need."
As my design became more detailed, I felt the need for a book that went into more depth and bought the other two books listed above. I like both books, but find I rely on The Missing Manual the most. Its writing is clear and easy to follow. The numerous tutorials give step-by-step instructions for a beginner on how to accomplish various tasks, with more advanced details included in the text.
I like The Essential Guide as well, but since I'm not using PHP, I find that there are areas where the advice they give simply doesn't work for me. For example, when I wanted to learn more about using templates, The Essential Guide gave only a very basic explanation, then went into far more detail about using PHP "includes" instead. While I agree that the PHP "includes" are probably the better choice, it's not one that is available to me since I don't have a PHP testing server (and don't want to go through the complexity of setting one up on my home computer). If you are using PHP, then this is definitely the book to get.
All in all, if I had to recommend one book to get started, it would be For Dummies, particularly if your needs are very simple and/or you're completely new to web site design. For those who want to move beyond the basics, I like The Missing Manual the best. This book could also be used by beginners as long as you're not put off by its length -- with over 1,000 pages, it's not one you'll be able to read cover to cover. I think The Essential Guide is best suited for those who want to create very complex designs, especially those that use PHP. It, too, is very clearly written, but more intimidating to a beginner.
Avoid at all costs Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual: you'll be throwing money down the drain! Where Dreamweaver for Dummies has clear explanations and walks you through, the Missing Manual is total gibberish...