- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: New Riders Press; 1st edition (July 30, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735713081
- ISBN-13: 978-0735713086
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,455,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dreamweaver MX Web Development Paperback – July 30, 2002
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About the Author
Drew McLellan has been involved in web design and development since 1996. Starting originally as a hand-coder, Drew quickly saw the great productivity benefits that could be brought by a visual editor with the arrival of Dreamweaver 1.2. Since then, Drew has been pushing the boundaries of Dreamweaver through its solid HTML based methodology and powerful extensible architecture. With literally tens of thousands of his Dreamweaver Extensions in use around the globe, Drew has established a firm seating within the center of the online Dreamweaver community and can be found on a daily basis teaching and aiding fellow developers in Macromedia's news forums. Drew's online tutorials from his DreamweaverFever.com web site are recognized as one of the more valuable Dreamweaver resources available, due to their clear and non assuming use of language. Drew also helps out at the Web Standards Project (WaSP) as a Dreamweaver expert, focusing on the issues surrounding web standards in Macromedia's flagship HTML editor. As a Team Macromedia volunteer, Drew is a committed Dreamweaver user and enjoys nothing more than being able to share his knowledge and experience of the product with fellow developers.
Top customer reviews
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That being said, Drew McLellan has done a fabulous job of introducing DreamWeaver MX users to those concepts of both Design and Development that are integral to the successful development of any project (without going so far into any one direction as to get you utterly lost). It was refreshing to find a single text that espouses solid, fundamental design issues such as scope creep and reusable sources coupled with advanced DreamWeaver tools usage and building web applications.
If you know DreamWeaver and are now prepared to look at the bigger web development picture, this book is a great single source. It has joined the very short list of recommended books I offer my own design students.
If you are familiar with Dreamweaver MX (Self taught) and want to know more about actual web development, both static and application, then this is a must read book for you. The book is clearly for the web developer starting out through to those that are somewhat familiar with 'the way of the web' through surfing and brain picking in the newsgroups.
Drews writing style made the book very easy to read and although I consider myself to be html knowledgable, the book taught me a few things especially related to tables and accessability.
Thanks Drew for the great book!
The great thing about this book is that it gives you a problem with HTML, then shows how to make it work with Dreamweaver. It is not just a how-to book but a "why" book which I love. It really teaches you. It gives the pluses and minuses of solving problems in different ways.
This book also tells you about what makes good web design. Get this book and you will love it as I have.
I will let others go into the details of the contents - I'd rather write briefly about how the book inspired me. I knew I'd lost sight of "work smarter, not harder" in my daily struggles to keep a dozen web sites updated. This well-written and totally enjoyable book was the "kick start" I needed; I took the time to read, rethink my work processes, learn even more about Dreamweaver MX, and move on to a much more efficient work style.
The time you take to read this book will repay itself again and again in improving your efficiency!
Reading this book is like reading a lot of magazine headers, in wich you read what can dreamweaver do, but not how to do it.
If you plan to buy this book, don't do it, it's a very bad choice.