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David Sawyer McFarland
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2 July 2007 Missing Manuals

Welcome to Dreamweaver CS3. This new version of the popular web design software offers a rich environment for building professional sites, with drag-and-drop simplicity, clean HTML code, and dynamic database-driven web site creation tools. Moreover, it's now integrated more tightly with Adobe's other products: Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and their siblings. But with such sophisticated features, the software isn't simple.

So say hello to Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual, the fifth edition of this bestselling book by experienced web site trainer and author David McFarland. This book helps both first-time and experienced web designers bring stunning, interactive web sites to life. With jargon-free language and clear descriptions, this new edition addresses both beginners who need step-by-step guidance as well as long-time Dreamweaver users who need a handy reference to address the inner-workings of the program.

Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual teaches designers how to construct and manage web sites by examining web-page components and Dreamweaver's capabilities through "live examples". With a complete A-Z guide to designing, organizing, building and deploying a web site for those with no web design experience, this book:

  • Takes you through the basics to advanced techniques to control the appearance of your web pages with CSS
  • Shows you how to design dynamic database-driven web sites, from blogs to product catalogs, and from shopping carts to newsletter signup forms
  • Teaches you how to master your web site, and manage thousands of pages effortlessly
Witty and objective, Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual is a must for anyone who uses this highly popular program, from beginners to professionals. Altogether, it's the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver CS3.


Product details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596510438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596510435
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 18.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

David McFarland is a Portland, Oregon based Web developer who's been designing and building Web sites since 1995. He is the author of CSS: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual. He is also a Macromedia-certified trainer, and a member of the faculty of the multimedia program at Portland State University

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About the Author

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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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! 12 Oct 2007
By JDKenny
Format:Paperback
Having gone through 'Dreamweaver CS3 Classroom in a Book' (twice) and 'Dreamweaver CS3 for Dummies', 'The Missing Manual' is the only one I'd recommend; meaty (995 pages) but readable and clearly explained with good (downloadable) tutorials.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Help In My Study's 24 Jan 2008
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I have recently started a Dreamweaver CS3 College Course. I purchased CS3 The Missing Manual as an added extra for my course. There are alot of different books to choose from on this particular subject so I scoured the internet and did a bit of research. Dreamweaver cs3 the missing manual and dynamic cs3 seemed about the best on all the reviews. Im so glad that I chose CS3 The Missing Manual. There is plenty of important and handy information in this book, from basic web design to advanced Web design and practically everything in between. I often get stuck on questions on my CS3 College course and revert to The Missing Manual. You can pretty much garantee that the book will resolve the problems along the way. I would say that The Missing Manual is extremely helpful.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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I have had this book for a month now and have only recently started using it and I must say it is extremely well written and enjoyable to read and use! You can dip in on subjects or wade your way through it. I've already picked up lots of tips to help streamline my web design and the explanation of the Spry tools is excellent especially as I'd never come across it before! Tabbed webpages a doddle, data display manipulation a godsend and so on. The book really does walk you through and doesn't assume that you know everything about the task you want to do.

Even if you know Dreamweaver well, there is sure to be something in this book you didn't know about! I fully agree that the title - The Missing Manual - is well warranted!

***Errata - have now finished the book, yes, finished all 995 pages and it stays good to the end! Buy it and use it! ***
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Book 27 Feb 2008
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This is by far the best Dreamweaver book I've come across, its made a huge difference to the quality of the sites I build, The CSS tutorials are spot on and make you pick up things you thought were not possible. The author has a great understanding of how a 'rookie' web designer thinks and feels so hats of.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the better computer books Ive come across in a longtime. As a beginner to modern web development , I found the structure, content , and style of writing to be very helpful in my efforts to understand an idiosyncratic (to me) non-WYSIWYG piece of software. In particular the walk thru tutorials were helpful. Be advised however, that to create a decent looking site, you will also have to go through the same learning curve in Adobe Flash, and Adobe Photoshop / Paintshop, in order to make your sites at least semi presentable. And throw a microsoft course in ASP.net in there too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but worth getting 4 April 2009
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This is the first of the 'Missing Manual' series I have tried. On the plus side it is good value, the style is very readable and the exercises are worth the effort. So why flawed? Well, there are too many forward references - blah blah blah style sheet but this will be explained in detail in 200 pages time. The other aspect I dislike is the style decisions are dictated rather than explained - set this value to blah but I won't explain why or what the alternatives are. It's a good compromise and worth working through but it will leave you wanting a comprehensive reference text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More for reference 24 May 2009
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This book is very indepth indeed if not a bit waffly. It is very reference orientated (there are a few tutorials) but if like me you learn better from following along to tutorials I would suggest another book. I was ultimately disappointed by this and ended up purchasing another book.
Great for referring to but light on step by step tutorials
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