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Dreamweaver CS5 All-in-One For Dummies 1st Edition

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Your one-stop guide to designing, developing, and maintaining high-impact Web sites

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a Web design newbie, here's just what you need to get up to speed on Dreamweaver CS5. Each minibook covers a particular aspect of Dreamweaver, so whether you want to learn more about mastering the basics and designing effective Web pages or configuring database connections and working with Spry Effects, it's all here!

  • Learn the landscape — get familiar with the workspace, use the menus, understand the panels and Properties inspector, and set preferences

  • Conquer the basics — create documents, add and format text, insert graphics, create rollover buttons, and make links to other pages

  • Become a pro — style your pages with Cascading Style Sheets, build sites with Dreamweaver templates, and use Library items

  • Add some zing — use layers to create sophisticated Web layouts, add interactivity with JavaScript, and work with Spry Effects and Spry Widgets

  • Keep it clean — review source formatting and clean up your code to avoid errors when publishing your site

  • Collaborate — enable collaborative tools such as Design Notes, Check In/Check Out, Contribute, and Business Catalyst

  • Go dynamic — enable your pages to interact with databases, build dynamic forms, and work with ColdFusion components

  • Some geeky stuff — build master and detail pages, create search and results pages, and develop record update and delete pages

Open the book and find:

  • How to plan and design a Web site

  • Advice on working with Cascading Style Sheets

  • Steps for adding Flash content, movies, and audio

  • Tips for building forms and organizing data with tables

  • Ways to add interactivity with drop-down menus and rollovers

  • Techniques for testing your site before it's published

  • How to set up and manage a Contribute site

  • Secrets for building Web applications

9 books in 1

  • Getting Started

  • Mastering the Basics

  • Working Like the Pros

  • Energizing Your Site

  • Publishing Your Site

  • Working Collaboratively

  • Building Web Applications

  • Making Pages Dynamic

  • Developing Applications Rapidly

About the Author

Sue Jenkins is a Web designer, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, teacher, writer, and the owner of Luckychair (www.luckychair.com), a professional design studio serving companies across the United States since 1997. Sue is the author of several books on design, including Web Design All-in-One For Dummies, Web Design: The L-Line, The Express Line to Learning, How To Do Everything Illustrator CS4, and the upcoming Smashing Photoshop: 100 Professional Techniques. She can also be seen as the software instructor in four of ClassOnDemand’s (www.classondemand.com) Adobe Training DVDs: Dreamweaver for Designers (winner of a 2007 Bronze Telly Award), Designer’s Guide to Photoshop, Designer’s Guide to Illustrator (winner of a 2009 Annual Communicator Award of Distinction), and Fundamentals of Photoshop Elements (winner of a 2009 DV Magazine Award of Excellence). In addition, Sue is an Adobe Certifi ed Expert and Adobe Certifi ed Instructor and teaches three-day courses in Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and Photoshop at Noble Desktop in New York City. Sue lives with her husband and son in Pennsylvania.

Richard Wagner is a Senior Developer at Maark, LLC as well as author of several Web-related books, including Building Facebook Applications For Dummies, Professional iPhone and iPod touch Programming, XSLT For Dummies, Creating Web Pages All-in-One For Dummies, XML All-in-One For Dummies, Web Design Before & After Makeovers, and JavaScript Unleashed (1st and 2nd editions). Previously, Richard was vice president of product development at NetObjects. He was also the inventor and chief architect of the award-winning NetObjects ScriptBuilder. A versatile author with a wide range of interests, he is also the author of The Expeditionary Man and The Myth of Happiness.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470610778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470610770
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been using Dreamweaver for professional web sites and front-end web development since version 4.1 (before Adobe acquired Macromedia). Having used various iterations of the software including v8, CS3 and now CS5, I was a little skeptical about getting a "for Dummies" book. After all, i use the software almost daily and have made the transition to CS5 painlessly. However, after spending time with this book, it's clear there's a lot I've missed.

This book is well organized and easy to read. I'm no "dummy" and this is a great resource for those of us just getting into CS5 and for those who are using DW for the first time. The "I am so glad I have this book" moment came when a client asked me to take over their website and make it XHTML compliant. After looking at the code, I realized their last designer used HTML markup for everything and didn't use CSS at all. My challenge was to find an efficient way to convert the pages from HTML to XHTML. At the end of Book IV, Chapter 4 is information about a Command that does just that. Whew! Had I not had this book, I'd be using find/replace for days.

Having an 800 page book by my side is great for discovering useful DW features that save me time and my clients' money. For example, I read in Book II "Mastering the Basics" that there's a Paste Special command that allows me to strip out text from sources like Word. Again, another time-saving feature I would not have discovered on my own. Additionally, learning about DW's preview for mobile devices is going to become critical for me as clients insist their pages look good on smart phones.

I've seen some of Sue Jenkins' video training and enjoy her teaching style immensely.
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I bought this book because it had generally great reviews and the title said "Dummies". I had already followed a couple of tutorials from Adobe on creating web sites and I felt like I would like to move forward. This book in the "assumptions" paragraph, says that all it assumes from the reader is that u know "how to operate a computer and visit web sites". Well, u better know a hell of a lot more than that - in fact, I would say, after diving into it, you should already have a good working knowledge of using Dreamweaver and be familiar with associated terminologies. I guess it would be a good reference book for web developers but NOT "Dummies" as the title suggests. I tried hard to integrate the first chapters on "basics" but was banging my head on the keyboard trying to understand the rather chaotic directions the book was going and all the terminologies the book throws at you right and left from the very start. I am very disappointed and feel I need to spend more money on another more basic book that would lead a true Dummy from scratch, or free demos on the web. Someone who knows their way around would probably read this review and say I didn't give a true chance. Whatever, I guess I am too much of a Dummy for a Dummy book.
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As a print designer and marketer, much of what I know about designing for the web runs counter-intuitive, often frustratingly so. This book comes as sweet relief for those ready to dip their toes into the process of creating / updating fully functional, professional looking websites - from the bottom up. No kidding - It's because of this book and the software (obviously) - that I've the confidence to discontinue outsourcing every little change we make for the sites.

The text is mercifully succinct and drives the step-by-step instructions that are as easy to follow chronologically as they are to skip ahead and reference back to. Don't be mislead by its ease of use however - this thing is huge and should should easily satisfy both total beginners - as well as users aspiring to create or incorporate very complex design / functions.

Adobe would do itself well to buy the rights to this book and bundle it with the software - it's really that good, and at least in my case - that essential. Nice job!
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Book Review: DreamWeaver CS5 for Dummies (9 books in 1) by Sue Jenkins and Richard Wagner

Weighing in at over 800 pages, this book is a bit daunting. However, the author assures the reader that they can take what they like and leave the rest, only reading and using the portions that interest them at the moment. Thus encouraged, I jumped into Book VII: Building Web Applications since I want to move my static personal site into a dynamic one. I've used DreamWeaver for a number of years, but recently upgraded from CS2 to CS5. I felt I had a rudimentary knowledge of the basics so could skip earlier chapters.

Jumping right in didn't work for me. While it is quite possible for a web programmer to get from point a to point b by jumping in, I think I need to learn about things in previous chapters to be able to make heads or tails of the more technical instructions. In Book VII at least there is a lot of technical stuff as the author's call it.

So I gave up on pHp, mySQL and ASP database connections and moved onto a chapter about keeping my code clean. This is something I have done in the past, but found frustrating to accomplish because the inspector will tell you where there is trouble with your code but not how to fix it.

On page 484 the section on validating your code begins. The first instruction was to click the green Validate arrow icon on the validation tab. My workspace for DreamWeaver didn't have a validation window and I spent several fruitless minutes trying to find how to open it. I looked back at the book and realized that the bold text instructions only told half the story. The regular weight text underneath the instruction does mention to go under File -> Validate -> Markup.
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