- Series: Complete Reference
- Paperback: 992 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 2 edition (December 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072229438
- ISBN-13: 978-0072229431
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,743,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Complete Reference, Second Edition (Osborne Complete Reference Series) 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
The Most Comprehensive Resource Available on Dreamweaver MX 2004!
- Streamline your workspace with customizable toolbars and tabbed windows
- Integrate with Flash, Fireworks, Contribute, and other external applications
- Understand the data structure that supports HTML pages
- Use new layout tools and CSS standards
- Create dynamic Web sites using templates and Application Objects
- Incorporate ASP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion, PHP, and JSP applications
- Build sites and applications that support XML and Web services
- Master sophisticated techniques for managing Web sites
CD-ROM contains a trial version of Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Windows and Mac OS, and project files from the bookRay West is the Vice President and CIO of WorkAble Solutions, Inc., a company specializing in the Web-based administration of health care alliances. He uses Macromedia products to build enterprise-level Web applications. Thomas Muck is the Web Application Developer for Integram, where he is responsible for the development of the front- and back-end e-commerce capabilities.
About the Author
Thomas Muck (Daly City, VA) is the Web Application Developer for Integram, a privately held corporation in northern Virginia. He is responsible for the development of the front and back-end e-commerce capabilities. Ray West (Orlando, FL) is the Vice President and CIO of WorkAble Solutions, Inc.; an Orlando, FL based company specializing in the web-based administration of health care alliances. He is experienced in using Macromedia products to build enterprise-level web applications.
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There is a lot of information in this book, and it is well layed out. I always seem to be able to find what I am looking for. I especially appreciated the chapters on database design and web application development, which gave me a good intro into how Dreamweaver approaches this subject. While not in depth, I am a beginner with this product and do not yet need an in depth multi-volumn discussion of arcane technical details. That can come later. In the meantime, this book has helped me sort things out.
Dreamweaver is not just a page layout tool. It has a lot of functionality built in, including application development and database connectivity tools that are not obvious on the surface. For now, this book has given me the jump start I needed to become productive quickly, understand the nature of the tasks that Dreamweaver can perform, and get my job done.
Web application design and development is definitely a multi-technology enviromnent. No one book ever contains all the information needed to perform such complex tasks. This book has helped me understand the pros and cons of various technologies, and pointed me in the right direction on how to use the ones available in my work environment. I can always find more detailed information elsewhere on any specific technology when I need it.
For now, this book has given me the entry level overview I needed and has continued to be a useful reference as I become more proficient with Dreamweaver.
The Osborne web site has no errata page nor download page to correct this. This book came out in December 2003 and by July 2004 it was already being sold by bookstores specializing in discontinued books. It is not "complete" as it frankly admits that it will not be covering any server-side code to handle forms, email, threaded discussions etc.
Lots of little errors such as stating that absolute positioning will place a layer exactly inside any container. This is what relative positioning does. It also has chapters on HomeSite, PHP, Contribute and e-Commerce, which while interesting, are not really part of Dreamweaver.
If you bought Dreamweaver MX STUDIO 2004, you need a different book.
It is "complete" in what it covers but does not cover the "complete" Dreamweaver.
J. Leonard - Woodinville
The situation is that the authors do not focus exclusively on Dreamweaver MX 2004. They include lots and lots of information about many other things, but they don't go into anything in the depth necessary. Most of the things they cover can be considered an appetizer or introduction, but if you are going to use that particular tool then you will need to buy a book that really covers that tool.
For example, there's a chapter about PHP that is 42 pages. This is just enough information to allow you to become dangerous, i.e., you could end up making your web server vulnerable to hackers. The authors tell you how to install the CGI version of PHP but not the module-interface version that has fewer security issues, and they don't discuss the various security problems inherent in PHP in any depth. Only 5 of these 42 pages have anything to do with Dreamweaver. My advice: If you're going to use PHP then get a book about PHP.
Similarly, there is a two-page discussion of how to install Microsoft IIS 4.0! There are whole books describing how to install and run IIS! It would be much better if the authors simply said, "If you need to install IIS then consult the Microsoft documentation or get a book on this subject."
Of course, IIS 4.0 is now obsolete, but that's not the point. The point is that the authors try to cover much too much and end up with a few random facts and no in-depth coverage of anything.
A later part of the book discusses the WebDAV protocol briefly (one page), but the authors don't mention that Dreamweaver cannot use WebDAV with IIS, even though Microsoft claims that IIS does support WebDAV.
Part V of the book consists of 8 chapters (200 pages) and is called "Adding Database Features to your Site". There are chapters on database design and on the SQL language. Once again, this is a good introduction to the subject, but what does it have to do with Dreamweaver?
Occasionally one gets the impression that information has been added to this book simply to increase the page count in the hopes that potential buyers go for the book with the most pages. For example, there are three pages about the history of the Internet!
Despite all of the above negative stuff I did find this book to be a good introduction to the many things it discusses. If the authors had given the book a more accurate title, for example, "A Comprehensive Introduction to Building Web Sites, Featuring Dreamweaver MX 2004", then I would have given it four stars.
But I thought I was buying a book about Dreamweaver MX 2004, and as such this book is disappointing.