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Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) [Kindle Edition]

David Sawyer McFarland
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When it comes to building professional websites, Dreamweaver CS4 is capable of doing more than any other web design program -- including previous versions of Dreamweaver. But the software's sophisticated features aren't simple. Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual will help you master this program quickly, so you can bring stunning, interactive websites to life.

Under the expert guidance of bestselling author and teacher David McFarland, you'll learn how to build professional-looking websites quickly and painlessly. McFarland has loaded the book with over 150 pages of hands-on tutorials to help you create database-enabled PHP pages, use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for cutting-edge design, add XML-based news feeds, include dynamic effects with JavaScript and AJAX, and more. This witty and objective book offers jargon-free language and clear descriptions that will help you:

  • Learn how to control the appearance of your web pages with CSS, from the basics to advanced techniques
  • Design dynamic database-driven websites, from blogs to product catalogs, and from shopping carts to newsletter signup forms
  • Add interactivity to your website with ready-to-use JavaScript programs from Adobe's Spry Framework
  • Effortlessly control the many helper files that power your website and manage thousands of pages
  • Examine web-page components and Dreamweaver's capabilities with the book's "live examples"

Perfect for beginners who need step-by-step guidance, and for longtime Dreamweaver designers who need a handy reference to the new version, this thoroughly updated edition of our bestselling Missing Manual is your complete guide to designing, organizing, building, and deploying websites. It's the ultimate atlas for Dreamweaver CS4.

About the Author

David Sawyer McFarland is the president of Sawyer McFarland Media Inc., a web development and training company located in Portland, Oregon. In addition, he teaches JavaScript programming, Flash, and web design at the University of California, Berkeley, the Center for Electronic Art, the Academy of Art College, and Ex'Pressions Center for New Media. He was formerly the webmaster at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center. David is also the author of CSS: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 20060 KB
  • Print Length: 1090 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (24 Nov. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596522924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596522926
  • ASIN: B0026OR2LS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 26 May 2009
By P. Rush
I've been a user of Dreamweaver MX2004 and previous versions for 10 years. After buying Dreamweaver CS4 I realised much was familiar - I could carry on as usual without problems. However, I could see many new menu options and panels that were opaque to me. The CS4 help system was near to useless. What I needed was a manual and I got it by buying this book. It does what it says on the cover. It won't teach you PHP or Javascript or whatever, but you'll have a reference guide to every feature of Dreamweaver CS4.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource 10 April 2009
By DavidM
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The only prior review on Amazon UK was negative because there is not a website to "build as you go" here. I was surprised as I liked this guys CSS book so I looked at the reviews, which were hugely positive. I made the purchase. I am only partly into it, but if you are the sort of person who likes reading material that is well written and that actually explains stuff and does not take it for granted you already know it all - leaves no stones unturned - this is for you. A book to keep by the computer.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful book! 12 Jun. 2009
By Tess
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All books have a target audience so I think it's important to understand why I found this so useful - I'm someone who has only used Adobe Go Live 6 prior to this (about five software upgrades ago!!), which means that I may be familiar with many general website terms, but have absolutely no clue how to do anything in Dramweaver. This book was exactly at my level. It takes you through tutorials with a website in every chapter to help you put into practice what you've just learnt. Couldn't have been better in my view, but that's just me. What a great book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book that MUST be in the Box 8 Oct. 2009
By na0512
This book is essential for any prospective 'Dreamweaver'. While I appreciate the highly contextual 'Classroom in the Book' series Adobe authorises and promotes, I really would urge all those intersted in the CS4 (whether for 'Associate/Expert/Trained or purely non-certification purposes) to go through this book FIRST (in fact, you might not need another text or multimedia form) It's 'low' context and highly accessible language explains each and every aspect of an application that is quite daunting even for those with Macromedia experience. Those new to web design will learn 'hands-on', making learning much easier, and once you pick -up the techniques, you'll just want to carry on. Those with experience will find this text enlightening as it has separate boxes for 'power - users'. As the author suggests, the Dreamweaver CS4 application should be downloaded and the tutorials that complement the book and ones essential for buliding your site while you work through the book can be downloaded free. I wouldn't want any to think I have any vested interest in providing such a positive feedback - I do not know the authors or publishers but I'd like to think I know a good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is now the (high) standard against which I will compare any future comparable s/w book I buy. Of the 18 I own, only the superb works on AfterEffects by the Meyers come close.

With the aid of this book, I have moved from complete Dreamweaver beginner to taking control of my company's (ex-FrontPage) website, including installing dynamic database pages.

Little to add to all the other reviews in praise of this book. Makes a complex topic understandable.

It is superbly written so that it would be perfectly enjoyable to read all 1,000 odd pages cover to cover. Plus it is an excellent reference with good self contained sections.

Note it is a minor up-date of the already excellent CS3 version so all those reviews also apply.

Can't recommend it highly enough (& I am not easily pleased, see my other reviews!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 May 2010
By Seeker
This is a superb manual written in an easy to understand format without all the jargon. The references to websites with tutorials are also very useful for learning and give one the ability to study a chapter and then use one of the examples at the end of the chapter so you can test yourself. The whole series is well thought through for the beginner. I referred to some chapters so often, the pages started coming loose but at the price it's worth it over and over. The only minor point I would make is that there is only once sentence about keywords and metatags relating to search engines but this is a big subject in itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in class 13 Jan. 2010
I haven't got time to write too much, still enjoying the book! This is without doubt the best CS4 book written. It is concise, detailed and very understanding of those that are new to the game of web development. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has purchased CS4 and whats to know how to use, not only the in's and out's of the program, but will also appreciate the huge amount of extra web related info within it. With that said, and not the Authors fault, I was a little annoyed to see that and new version "Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider" was available but not made obvious by the seller. The web moves on at an incredible rate and it's always good to keep up on the latest version, be that the program or tutorial. Anyway, if you want the best book on the market for CS4, buy this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exacty what it says it is! 28 Dec. 2009
Just got this book for christmas after reading reviews for other CS4 books.
Have been using previous versions of dreamweaver for years, but upon downloading CS4 i was completely stumped as CSS seems to be the way sites are now being designed!
The book is well laid out, giving you the chance to read and learn at the beginning of the chapter, and a tutorial at the end of each chapter to put into practice what you've learnt. All the files you need for the tutorial can be downloaded in an easy .zip file which contains all the images, text etc you need to start building the sample web pages.
Although there are plenty of big technical words, the book has been written well enough to explain everything in plain english and not in a patronising way.
Beginner, or web design expert, this book has it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book lots of tips
Published 1 month ago by busptale2003
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Published 6 months ago by Gordon Sherrard
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what we needed.
Dreamweaver is really an advanced, yet handy Web building tool. We have purchased several Web building softwares, but by far, Dreamweaver is the most useful one. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Adlerinternational
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
If you know a little bit about building websites, then this book could be for you if you've taken to using Dreamweaver. Read more
Published 24 months ago by dynamick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Manual
Yes, truly a magnificent manual. If only they were all written like this! It explains Dreamweaver in a totally understandable way, omitting nothing, and it covers both the Windows... Read more
Published on 21 Mar. 2011 by Retired computer engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars very well written and illustrated
This is a superb manual. I've read many instruction books that take you through the process and you don't know why, therefore its hard to really learn. Read more
Published on 4 Feb. 2011 by S. E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Have been in the Box
Not much to say here except that this book is without a doubt the best one I've used so far. Easy to follow and you can use it from the beginning or dip in and use as a reference... Read more
Published on 12 Oct. 2010 by marko303
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Book from missing manual series
Very clearly written and very useful. A must book for web develloping enthusiast. Highly recomended A*****
Published on 25 April 2010 by C. R. Parthasarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver CS4 'Missing Manual'
Fairly well written book explaining the complexities of Dreamweaver, but in my opinion relies a bit much on assumed prior knowledge. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by C. Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Dreamweaver book by miles
I have been trying to learn Dreamweaver CS4 for a few months now. I have bought loads of books and watched dozens of tutorials. Read more
Published on 18 Mar. 2010 by Mr. S. Fevyer
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