Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0596100568
ISBN-10: 0596100566
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David McFarland has been designing web sites since 1995. He's a professional web designer and educator who has worked with the University of California at Berkeley, Intuit, and Macworld magazine among others. He is a frequent speaker at web-related conferences and teaches web design and development at Portland State University. He is a Macromedia Certified instructor and a member of the Dreamweaver Advisory Council.


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  • File Size: 29162 KB
  • Print Length: 953 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0596100566
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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (December 23, 2005)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2009
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  • Language: English
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ORIGINAL REVIEW (Apr. 27, 2006): "Heavy on details, and just plain heavy!" -- This is a really heavy book, and it's loaded with great examples, explanations, and illustrations. Unlike most Dreamweaver books, which stick either to basic, static web design or to advanced, dynamic pages, this book runs the gamut, not skimping on either (but certainly concentrating on the former). The chapters are organized logically, the chunks are reasonably small, and many of the chapters end with a very illustrative hands-on example to demonstrate the topics covered. Supplemented with on-line materials only available to owners of the book (for example, five chapters on PHP and SQL), the book covers almost everything, although a couple of topics (animation and frames) are available only as freely downloadable chapters from the prior (2004) edition of the book.

The style is less formal than many other books, but the material is covered in depth and accurately, for the most part. Like almost every technical book, the book's first printing does contain a reasonable number of minor errors, so be sure to refer to the author's website and take note of the errata before digging in. The book is printed in black and white with no color plates, but this does not affect its usability at all.

Despite the book's title, this really isn't a "manual" for Dreamweaver -- it's more of a primer. If you're an advanced user looking for a reference volume to provide a quick reference into every picayune detail of Dreamweaver, this isn't your book. This also isn't your book if you're looking for anything other than a first-pass introduction to ASP, PHP, or one of the other server models.
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Dreamweaver is a complete Web site production and management tool that works with Web technologies like HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This book provides great insight into using this tool. Along with basic instruction it also has tips I haven't found anywhere else. As you read the book's chapters, there are a number of living examples--step-by-step tutorials that you can build yourself, using raw materials like graphics and half-completed Web pages that you can download from from the web. Simply reading these step-by-step lessons might not gain you much. However, if you take the time to work through the examples at the computer, you'll discover that these tutorials give you unprecedented insight into the way professional designers build Web pages. Also in this book's lessons are the URLs of the finished pages so that you can compare your Dreamweaver work with the final result. In other words, you won't just see pictures of Dreamweaver's output in the pages of the book. You can also find the actual working Web pages on the Internet.

Part One, Building a Web Page, explores Dreamweaver's interface and goes through the basic steps of building a Web page. It explains how to add text and format it, how to link from one page to another, and how to spice up your designs with graphics.

Part Two, Building a Better Web Page, goes deeper into Dreamweaver and explains how to gain greater control of the design of a Web page. It shows how to use more advanced features, such as tables, layers, and Cascading Style Sheets. In addition, there's get step-by-step instructions for creating advanced page layouts, as well as on how to view and work with the underlying HTML code of a page.

Part Three, Bringing Your Pages to Life, discusses adding interactivity to your site.
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With over 900 pages of "Missing Manual" goodness, 'Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual' just might be the finest book of this series. For the retail price of $44.95, it's incredible that this much information could be contained within. I have written lots of reviews on the line by David Pogue, and I am continually impressed at how well these books are written and laid out. David Sawyer McFarland puts his heart and soul into this book and boy does it show!

From the basics of getting your web site up and running with Dreamweaver to a discussion on CSS to a discussion on page layout to adding dynamic content, this book will take someone who has never made a web page before to becoming a superuser in no time.

If you need to create a web site at your work or you are delving into the world of producing a personal web site, you cannot go wrong if you want to use Dreamweaver to develop your spot on the web. Dreamweaver has been the web development tool of choice for many, many years, and it's no surprise. Version 8 of the popular tool only improves upon everything else that used to be good before and this truly is the manual that SHOULD have been in the box!!

***** HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMENDATION
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I admit, I am a techno-junkie. As a technical writer and web designer I buy all the latest software and try and keep up with all the latest languages and hardware to support my techno-habits. Whenever I purchase new software I also purchase 3-4 books on the subject as I am mostly self-taught when it comes to trying the latest things. I use Dreamweaver moderately for work and the last source of training I used was for version 4. I also took a Dreamweaver MX course at a local community college to get up to speed quickly on the newest features Dreamweaver had to offer, the course pretty much taught me what I already knew. To be fair I understand the ciriculum is pretty much pre-determined but I needed more than the basics or what I could easliy find in the help system.

After attending a seminar by David McFarland, I did what I usually do and ran out to purchase his book on Dreamweaver 8 as many of the Dreamweaver 8 books had yet to have hit the shelves. To my surprise this time I would not need 3-4 books in order to fully utilize all Dreamweaver has to offer. This book was so clear, concise, and downright READABLE, I found tips and techniques I had never used before, nor read about in any of the other manuals or bibles.

By the first chapter I had already resolved an issue I could find no information on anywhere else. I passed this book around at work and we now have 4 copies. Each of my co-workers have thanked me profusely for suggesting the book and use it frequently when working with Dreamweaver.

Beginners will be walked through every detail of Dreamweavers interface and be up to speed and desiging quickly and efficiently in no time.
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