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Beginning Dreamweaver MX [Kindle Edition]

Charles E. Brown , Imar Spaanjaars , Todd Marks
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What is this book about?

With this book you'll quickly be creating powerful, dynamic web sites with Dreamweaver MX - the latest version of Macromedia's powerful, integrated web development and editing tool.

You'll learn how to use the tools and features of Dreamweaver to construct three complete sites using HTML, JavaScript, Active Server Pages (ASP), and databases.

We start by creating a hobbyist site - The Cooking Place - that you can use to list your favorite recipes, ingredients, and dishes.

What does this book cover?

As you build this site you'll learn how to use Dreamweaver MX to

  • Plan, create, and set up a web site
  • Add web pages to the site and edit their content
  • Use Stylesheets and templates to create a consistent style across the site
  • Use tables, frames, and layers to lay out web pages
  • Add dynamic effects - like drop down menus - to web pages using JavaScript and DHTML
  • Interact with users via forms on web pages
  • Create dynamic ASP web pages to respond to user actions and input

As you progress through the book, the sites you create become ever more ambitious. The second site you build is a fan site for soccer that provides information on upcoming events for fans around the world.

As you build the second site you'll learn how to use Dreamweaver MX to:

  • Add logic to your ASP pages, so that you can display different information to different users, based on their location, or even the time of day
  • Keep track of users as they move around the site, so that you can learn what parts of your site are the most popular
  • Secure parts of the web site so that only authorized users are allowed to see sensitive information
  • Personalize the web site for individual users - so that the site appears in the colors of the user's favorite team or so that the user only sees events in their home country
  • Store and extract information about users and upcoming events in a database - and use this information to dynamically create web pages

The final site in the book shows off many of the advanced features of Dreamweaver MX, as you walk through how to design a modular, extensible, and scalable site, and create a set of dynamic building blocks that can be quickly modified and reused in different sites.

As you build this site - which is used to display a set of images that users can view and purchase - you'll learn how to use Dreamweaver MX to:

  • Create a set of building blocks whose look and content is determined dynamically by the settings in a database
  • Create a content management page that you can use to mange the database that stores information about the images on the site, including their title, price, and how they should be laid out
  • Put the building blocks you created earlier to a variety of uses, including a news blogger, a media display, and a product display
  • Use Dreamweaver Extensions to make our building blocks easy to reuse and to add e-commerce functionality to the site

At the end of some of the chapters you'll find a series of suggested exercises from the author that are designed to test your understanding of what's been covered in the chapter as well as to encourage you to experiment with the features of Dreamweaver MX and to modify and extend the example applications.

Who is this book for?

This book is primarily for complete beginners to web site programming who have access to Dreamweaver MX and want to learn how to create dynamic web sites with it.

But the book doubles as a comprehensive reference to the features of Dreamweaver MX, so it will also be a useful resource to more experienced web developers who want to learn how to use the latest version of Dreamweaver.

As you work through the book, you'll learn how to program using Active Server Pages (ASP), but this will prove useful even if you eventually want to use Dreamweaver MX to create web sites with JavaServer Pages (JSP), ASP.NET, PHP, or ColdFusion MX. Programming in any of these languages is very similar in Dreamweaver MX, and the core concepts you learn in building web sites with ASP are applicable and easily transferred to other languages. To help, the book includes four appendices that provide fast paced guides on how to get started using JSP, ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion MX with Dreamweaver MX.

What do you need to use this book?

To run the examples in this book on your computer you'll need:

  • Dreamweaver MX
  • Microsoft Windows 98, 98SE, 2000 or XP Professional

If you don't have a copy of Dreamweaver MX you can download a 30-day evaluation edition from Macromedia at http://www.macromedia.com/software/trial_download/. The evaluation edition is fully-featured, and you'll be able to use it to work through all the examples in the book.

If you have Microsoft Windows Me, Windows XP Home Edition, or a Macintosh you'll still be able to create all the examples in the book but to see them in action you'll need to use a remote server, as your operating system doesn't, by default, include a web server that can process ASP pages. Fortunately, getting access to an ASP web host is easy -- there are dozens available. And to make things even easier, the book includes detailed information on how to set up a web application to use a remote server or web host.

From the Publisher

This book is primarily for complete beginners to web site programming who have access to Dreamweaver MX (or are using the trial version to check it out), and want to learn how to create dynamic web sites with it.


As you work through the book you'll learn how to program using Active Server Pages (ASP). In addition, the core concepts you learn in building web sites with ASP are easily transferred to other languages. Therefore, this book will also serve you well if you plan to use Dreamweaver MX in conjunction with JavaServer Pages (JSP), ASP.NET, PHP, or ColdFusion MX -- the book includes four appendices that provide fast-paced guides on how to get started using JSP, ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion MX with Dreamweaver MX.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15993 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (31 Jan 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MWRTFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
When I first purchased this book I was just beginning to learn the basics of Dreamweaver MX. The great thing about this book is that it teaches you how to learn Dreamweaver MX AND Web Design at the same time.
The book is divided up into logical sections that introduce the main elements of Dreamweaver MX. The brilliant thing is that the authors have a running commentary on all of the steps and new theory that is introduced. As a result I learnt Dreamweaver MX and the theory behind effective web design too.
The book illustrates the construction of 3 increasingly complex websites moving from the very basic to a database website. There are many 'How it Works' sections where the authors describe the thinking behind the steps that they introduce. It's like having a conversation with expert web designers.
Great. Thank you Wrox. This book rocks :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great book 29 July 2005
Format:Paperback
This is a really fantastic book. Since I've started using Dreamweaver, there were so many questions left that I couldn't find the answer anywhere. But this book gives a detailed explanation to any problem that you may encouter while creating a website in Dreamweaver. In addition, topics such as using ASP, databases etc. are also covered in the book. I never regretted spending my money on this item. Great purchase for both beginners and designers at intermeditate level. Highly recommended!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! Only if you are serious about learning 2 July 2003
By Hesham Fas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First I thought this book over explains everything. When I started encountering territories that I'm not familiar with, I started to greatly appreciate the author's method of teaching. This book teaches you by getting you working on real projects from scratch. While you are following the step by step instructions, the author explains the science and whys of these instructions. The only drawback of this book is that project 1 seems to be tested only on Internet Explorer. I tried the files with Netscape 4.79 and 6.2 they both showed some flows that took me hours to figure out how to fix. Also I had to use a behavior extension to recover the mess, in Netscape, made by adding layers. Apart from that all my projects have worked perfectly. The second part is code intensive which I really appreciate. This book will show what's going on behind the scenes. Therefore you won't be limited by what Dreamweaver can offer. It will show you the way to go beyond Dreamweaver's ability. This is not a "for dummies" type of book. You have to follow the instructions very carefully. All the mistakes in this project turned out to be mine. For the effort made to write this book I cannot give less than five stars. I wouldn't hesitate to buy Professional Dreamweaver MX if it exists.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 5 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be one of my most prized reference books. It takes you through the building of three different sites. You are gradually introduced to ASP and JavaScript.
If you are serious about web design, and have found FrontPage to bee too limiting, this is the book to get you going!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very useful if you can get past the mistakes 29 Nov 2003
By Bruce Mihura - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Numerous errors in this book almost brought me to a standstill.
Using [...] and [...] I was finally able to get everything to work.
The examples used in this book are amazingly useful, once you get them to work. I'm keeping this book as a reference.
Side note: I had to ditch Dreamweaver MX 2004 as it was far too buggy and crash-prone. Stick with plain Dreamweaver MX.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this book 14 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book from our local bookstore. I browsed through the pages and liked what I seen. I then brought this book home and excitingly began reading and attempting to follow the "Try It Out" exercises. In reality, I spent too much time struggling with the typos, inconsistencies and missing steps.

After about two weeks, I gave up using this book. I just recently discovered Amazon and more importantly, discovered the customer review section. I'll pay special attention to this section and choose my next book when both a "Look inside this book" feature is provided, and after I decipher which reviews are real versus those from those sponsoring the book (two highly rated reviews from the same location on the same day).
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this book 14 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book from our local bookstore. I browsed through the pages and liked what I seen. I then brought this book home and excitingly began reading and attempting to follow the "Try It Out" exercises. In reality, I spent too much time struggling with the typos, inconsistencies and missing steps.

After about two weeks, I gave up using this book. I just recently discovered Amazon and more importantly, discovered the customer review section. I'll pay special attention to this section and choose my next book when both a "Look inside this book" feature is provided, and after I decipher which reviews are real versus those from those sponsoring the book (two highly rated reviews from the same location on the same day).
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