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Dreamweaver MX 2004 Solutions [Kindle Edition]

Ethan Watrall

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Book Description

Core Dreamweaver Skills and Solutions, Made Easy

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Solutions was created for results-orientedDreamweaver users who seek practical instruction on everydaytechniques and speedy resolutions to persistent problems.Author/instructor Ethan Watrall applies his effective, no-nonsenseteaching style to each of this book's dozens of step-by-stepsolutions, demystifying the most vital and potentially troublesometopics.

Beginners can walk through the full gamut of tasks, whileseasoned users can dip in and quickly find answers to specificquestions. Whether you're a web designer or developer, a graphicdesigner or project manager, this book will get you to the heart ofthe discrete skills you need to construct impressive web pages withDreamweaver.

Learn the ins and outs of Dreamweaver MX 2004, including howto:

  • Build good-looking, sensible tables and frames
  • Save time with templates, library items, and digitalassets
  • Master JavaScript behaviors, CSS, and layers
  • Handcraft HTML and XHTML code
  • Make full use of the Tag Inspector, Tag Chooser, and TagLibrary
  • Design sophisticated forms for collecting user information
  • Effectively manage your site with Site Window and SiteReports
  • Extend Dreamweaver with extensions, custom shortcuts, andcommands
  • Establish database connections for ColdFusion, ASP, ASP.NET,JSP, and PHP
  • And much more...

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.


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From the Back Cover

Core Dreamweaver Skills and Solutions, Made Easy

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Solutions was created for results–oriented Dreamweaver users who seek practical instruction on everyday techniques and speedy resolutions to persistent problems. Author/instructor Ethan Watrall applies his effective, no–nonsense teaching style to each of this book′s dozens of step–by–step solutions, demystifying the most vital and potentially troublesome topics.

Beginners can walk through the full gamut of tasks, while seasoned users can dip in and quickly find answers to specific questions. Whether you′re a web designer or developer, a graphic designer or project manager, this book will get you to the heart of the discrete skills you need to construct impressive web pages with Dreamweaver.

Learn the ins and outs of Dreamweaver MX 2004, including how to:
  • Build good–looking, sensible tables and frames
  • Save time with templates, library items, and digital assets
  • Master JavaScript behaviors, CSS, and layers
  • Handcraft HTML and XHTML code
  • Make full use of the Tag Inspector, Tag Chooser, and Tag Library
  • Design sophisticated forms for collecting user information
  • Effectively manage your site with Site Window and Site Reports
  • Extend Dreamweaver with extensions, custom shortcuts, and commands
  • Establish database connections for ColdFusion, ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, and PHP
And much more...

About the Author

Ethan Watrall is a visiting faculty member in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, where he teaches several web design classes. He is also a trained archaeologist and he author of Dreamweaver MX Design & Technique and Flash MX Savvy.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9080 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002K8P9QA
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALL the ins and outs of DW 30 Jun. 2004
By Barbara Rhoades - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ethan Watrall writes for the visual person! There are plenty of screenshots to help you follow what Mr. Watrall is saying throughout the whole book. When I first sat down to read DW MX 2004 Solutions, I thought I had a good grasp of Dreamweaver. As a software user for over 20 years, I should have known better. We use less than 50% of any software program's power and there is so much more we could do with any program if we only knew it was there. This book shows you that 50%+ you never knew existed.
As I read the book, I started tagging pages so I could go back to my computer and test out these new to me areas. When I finished the book, I had 24 tags placed. I feel certain that as I continue to use these new things, there will be other ideas or questions that come up and this book will be there to help me answer them. I plan to make this a "by my computer" book. It will become one of my well-worn favorites.
To describe a few of the "new to me" items I found Flash Text and Flash Buttons. I knew there was the Flash program to create your own but here were some ready and waiting for me to use in DW. Jump Menus is another thing I knew about but thought I had to create from scratch. Nope! Right there if you only know where to look. Did you know you could add a background to a table rather than the whole page? I do now. Did you ever think of printing out the site map to see exactly what you have built? It would be helpful if you are collaborating and need to take a "sample" of the site to a meeting. Even if you are "going solo", it would help to give you an idea of where you are at in the building process. Finally, I think one of my favorite things is a concise definition of .jpg, .gif and .png and when and why to use each of these formats. And don't forget, if you want a quick view of the abilities that are new in DW MX, look for the "Bright Eye" on the side of the page.
A CD is included with this text and has several sections. The Bonus Chapter which explains optimizing. The software programs are Contribute 2; Cold Fusion, Dreamweaver MX 2004; Fireworks MX 2004; Flash MX 2004, FreeHand MX and QuickTime Player. Last but not least there are the files to go with the activities in each chapter so you can follow along with what is being discussed. All in all, this is a book I would highly recommend if you do any web building at all. Even if you are only doing a family site, this book will help you use all the neat little tricks available in DW MX 2004.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame, shame 1 Aug. 2005
By Sam Slade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Two immediate problems with this book are evident right from the introductory remarks. (1) Wrong information through sloppy writing and editing. (2) Verbal diarrhea, i.e., wordiness, repetitious redundancy, paragraph-long sentences that impart little information while trying to be amusing.

How do you go on reading a book when the beginning is so bad?

Examples:

Third page of the Introduction (page xix).

"Note: Hotkeys are always given for both Macintosh and Windows users, in that order. For example, Alt/Option+F7 indicates that the Mac shortcut is Option+F7 and the Windows shortcut is Alt+F7". The order is obviously wrong. Did anybody really edit or proofread this book? I don't want to be harsh. But such an error right at the outset indicates that something has gone with in the production of this book. So how can I trust the accuracy of the deeper information that is provided in the nearly 400 pages that follow?

I enjoy being amused. But I don't like to wade through rivers of irrelevant and distracting text to get to the piece of real information the writer wants to impart.

Here's an example from the beginning of the book:

(Same page as above - Intro pg. xix.)

"If you were to corner me in a dark alley, I would feel comfortable (relatively comfortable, that, is, since I'm not used to being cornered in dark alleys by my readers) in saying that the people who will get the most out of this book will range from the savvy computer user who feels comfortable in the digital realm (but hasn't necessarily worked with Dreamweaver) to someone who is experienced in the foundation of Dreamweaver and wants to tackle more mature intermediate topics."

I'm just left thinking about dark alleys. And Ethan -- you better not let me corner you in one.

Just opening the book to any page usually reveals some morsel of the kind of writing I don't want to read.

P. 200. "There is little doubt that Flash is one of the coolest things to come down the pipe in terms of web design in...well...ever." The dots (ellipsis) are the writer's. "Flash has opened up a new world (nay, a new universe) of possibilities..." "While it would be unfair (and inaccurate) to say that Flash is the future of the Web, it's pretty safe to say that it's one of the futures of the Web." "Note. For those excited about the possibities of Macromedia Flash, check out Flash MX2004 Savvy by Ethan Watrall and Norbert Herber (Sybex, 2003)...wink, wink."

---sorry I can't wink when my eyes are open wide in astonishment or shut tide cringing in embarrasment for those responsible for appending "wink, wink" to that sentence.

Here's "About the CD" (page xxi)

"As with many computer books out nowadays, Dreamweaver MX 2004 Solutions comes with a handy-dandy CD, which is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms. I've included some pretty useful stuff on it."

--- Thank you Ethan for not including stuff on the handy-dandy CD that you consider useless. By the way, didn't many computer books come with CDs in the old days (and floppy disks in the really old days)? And don't forget to turn the lights out when you leave.

Getting in Touch. (page xxi from Introduction)

"I always get a serious jolt out of getting an e-mail from anyone who has bought any of my books and goes to the trouble of actually sending me e-mail."

Get ready for a jolt, Ethan.

OK, let's try to be objective. I haven't read the book past the first few pages of Chapter 1 and a few furtive glances here and there. I do want to read more because I want to learn, but I can hardly bear the pain of reading this kind of writing. This personal reaction to bad writing might not be shared by those readers anxious to extract pearls of wisdom and are willing to be patient, have nerves of steel or are simply tone deaf.

The writer probably knows his stuff about Dreamweaver. It's no trivial task to write a large book about a major piece of software. He probably has some good tips and information. I don't know. But he and the editors haven't laid the foundation of accuracy that inspires trust in the reader. And they haven't provided the reader with good writing for a pleasant reading experience.

The fact that several booksellers are advertising new copies for about $5 doesn't warrant any comment. I haven't checked out Sybex's other books for a long while, but I'll be suspicious of their quality, because inaccuracy and misinformation have no proper place in a book about using a software program.

Maybe as I read further into the book, I'll be able to give it more stars. That would be just for the writer, though. As for the editor(s) and proofreader(s), they blew it from page xix (or maybe earlier, but who's wants to nitpick).
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