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The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP (Essentials)

The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP (Essentials) [Kindle Edition]

David Powers
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Dreamweaver CS4 is a massive step forward in terms of integration with the rest of the CS4 suite (Flash, Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.), and also includes a whole host of exciting new features of its own. The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP concentrates on getting the best out of Dreamweaver CS4, rather than going into every menu item and toolbar icon. The emphasis is on developing websites compliant with the latest web standards, using CSS, JavaScript libraries (with particular emphasis on Spry, Adobe's implementation of Ajax), and PHP.

The book covers all aspects of the new user interface, including workspace layouts, iconic panels, the related documents feature, Live View, Code Navigator, and Live Code. It also shows how to use the improved CSS editing features, and JavaScript code introspection. There is also coverage of other new features, such as version control through Subversion integration, and the improved support for Photoshop integration through the use of Smart Objects.

What you'll learn

  • Streamline your workflow with the Related Files toolbar, Live view, and the Code Navigator
  • Bring your pages alive with Ajax widgets from Spry, jQuery, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library
  • Use server-side includes, templates, and Adobe's InContext Editing online service
  • Create dynamic web applications using Dreamweaver's PHP server behaviors
  • Build real world web site functions, such as form validation, random quote generator, search function, user management/login pages, dynamic Ajax gallery, and much more
  • Consume RSS feeds and create Spry data sets
  • How to publish your site after you've created it

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 27555 KB
  • Print Length: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Apress - A; 1 edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL8P6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #700,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I specialize in writing about web design using Dreamweaver, PHP, and CSS. PHP is the most popular server-side language that brings life to websites by communicating with external data sources, such as databases, news feeds, and XML documents. Adobe has recognized my expertise in web development by appointing me an Adobe Community Professional (ACP) for Dreamweaver. You'll often find me giving help in the Dreamweaver forums and Dreamweaver Community Help.

Before turning my hand to writing about web design, I spent nearly 30 years as a BBC radio and TV journalist, working both in front of the microphone/camera and behind the scenes. That gave me a wealth of experience in explaining sometimes difficult concepts in straightforward, easy to understand language - experience which shows through in my books.

I spent a large part of my broadcasting career in Japan, first on loan from the BBC to NHK, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, and later as BBC correspondent. I have traveled all over Japan, and love taking photos, many of which end up being used in my books. Over the years, I have worked closely with the Shiki Theatrical Company, Japan's leading producer of musicals; and have translated several of their plays into English.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant next stage guide 23 May 2010
I really have found this book invaluable in taking the next steps into getting more out of Dreamweaver and entering into using server side scripting, database and dynamic scripting. Really clear and easy to follow it a fantastic resource and saved me loads of time as I was handcoding a lot of PHP when learning from another book.

This is not a book for complete beginners but David Powers does state this. If you need a beginners book try the Adobe press books otherwise you could quite easily get a bit lost as it assumes (rightly) a certain amount of basic HTML ,CSS and basic Dreamweaver knowledge. I am a relatively new freeleance developer and it has saved me loads of time and helped me create some really clever sites.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set at the perfect level for me ..... 12 Mar 2010
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Background : Long time analyst/programmer in non-web architecture - but absolutely no website experience, and no use of PHP or sql and wanted to get an understanding as to what is involved in a database driven site.

Experience : I have used the free trial Dreamweaver, and in the 30 days trial have covered most of the book which really does hold your hand stage by stage. The instructions and explanations are concise and accurate, and he also explains why you might be getting error messages if you didn't follow the guidance.
Though you can work through developing your own pages chapter by chapter from simple to complex, you can jump in at any stage by using one of the pre-prepared pages in his download.

His understanding of the range of programming experience of users of the book is shown by the timely 'don't worry if you don't get this yet ... ' type comments, and reference to further / pre-learning as apprpriate.

The Dreamweaver explanation has been good, the set-up of WAMP server has been good, the introduction to using php has been good, I am currently at the integrating database into webpages and am confident this will also be good !

I definitely recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book as I am studying dynamic web pages linked to a MySQL database which I edit using PHPMyAdmin. The book has been an enormous help, particularly when I was really struggling trying to finish the end of course assignment. There are LOTS of files to download from the publisher's web site and these are referred to in the book. There are places where the instructions are not quite as clear as I would have liked and I had a certain amount of difficulty developing my own pages based on the instructions in the book. The only place where I totally disagreed with him was his recommendation to download XAMP to get PHPMyAdmin, PHP, MySQL etc rather than downloading them individually. I never did get XAMP to behave and then had major hell removing it, with subsequent problems with PHPMyAdmin as it complained about the root password not being correct. I eventually found how to reset the root password, but only after many hours of searching on the Internet. I strongly recommend setting up an Apache server on your home computer plus installing PHPMyAdmin, PHP and MySQL as developing dynamic web pages is a difficult subject to master and one evening at college is not nearly enough time to master this topic.

The publisher's web site included updates for all of their books where readers have found errors, or have made suggestions for improvements. I have submitted a number of suggestions for improvement but I note that these have not yet been included on the web site.

If you are planning to study how to develop dynamic web sites, DO go on a Dreamweaver course first as I didn't and have really struggled trying to learn basic aspects such as formatting pages and tables, inserting hyperlinks etc. I had more than enough to do just learning about PHP and SQL without trying to learn Dreamweaver as well.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dreamweaver CS4 book for complex designs, especially if you use PHP 20 Dec 2009
By Mary Straus - Published on
I purchased three books to help me learn Dreamweaver:

Dreamsweaver CS4 for Dummies
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual
The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax and PHP (this book)

I started with Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, which I found to be a pretty good book. I was able to read it cover to cover (though it's not necessary to do so to get started). In addition to a good basic overview, it had a couple of very helpful tips in a chapter called "10 Resources You Might Need."

As my design became more detailed, I felt the need for a book that went into more depth and bought the other two books listed above. I like both books, but find I rely on The Missing Manual the most. Its writing is clear and easy to follow. The numerous tutorials give step-by-step instructions for a beginner on how to accomplish various tasks, with more advanced details included in the text.

I like The Essential Guide as well, but since I'm not using PHP, I find that there are areas where the advice they give simply doesn't work for me. For example, when I wanted to learn more about using templates, The Essential Guide gave only a very basic explanation, then went into far more detail about using PHP "includes" instead. While I agree that the PHP "includes" are probably the better choice, it's not one that is available to me since I don't have a PHP testing server (and don't want to go through the complexity of setting one up on my home computer). If you are using PHP, then this is definitely the book to get.

All in all, if I had to recommend one book to get started, it would be For Dummies, particularly if your needs are very simple and/or you're completely new to web site design. For those who want to move beyond the basics, I like The Missing Manual the best. This book could also be used by beginners as long as you're not put off by its length -- with over 1,000 pages, it's not one you'll be able to read cover to cover. I think The Essential Guide is best suited for those who want to create very complex designs, especially those that use PHP. It, too, is very clearly written, but more intimidating to a beginner. If you're a computer professional or experienced web site designer who really wants to exploit the power of Dreamweaver, this is the book to get.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide a MindFriendly Resource 29 April 2009
By Richard W. Ritchie - Published on
The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP is a valuable resource for the DWCS4 user who wants to understand the more complicated DW tasks in a way that is friendly to the mind. Comprehensive in scope. Powers seems to provide mental hooks to help the reader grab the concepts, whether it's how to make the best use of the CSS tools, or how to easily latch on to all the new Dynamic PHP features. I was amazed at how quickly I was putting together my recent online store.
Lots of "Aha!" experiences.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 27 Jun 2009
By Alexandre Souza - Published on
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This book is a must have to all new Dreamweaver, MySQL and PHP users. The exercises are very good and very easy to follow.I had no previous experience with Dreamweaver, MySQL or PHP and now I can manage my new dynamic website!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you 25 Jan 2009
By Lois Reed Hagemaier - Published on
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Finally - a book for what is NEW in Dreamweaver. There have been many exciting changes in web development, and in Dreamweaver. It is frustrating to only find books that begin at - the - very - beginning.
The Essentail Guide to DW CS4 brings the intermediate and advanced web designer up to speed with clear and brilliant tutorials. There are some "texty" areas, but Powers acknowledges how tedious it is to read about programming - and gets back to hands on quickly.
Wish there were more authors out there who see the need for books that jump in 'beyond the basics'.
Thank you.
(I'm a mac, so it was a bit rough setting up a dynamic site with this book. I used the Missing Manual series to walk through that part...MM is mac friendly :)
PS - If you do the tutorials out of order, you may not have the necessary files for the sprys. MADDENING. If Amazon would let me take away a star I would for this very reason ...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into web design 23 Aug 2009
By Ron Fredericks - Published on
I bought the book because the title captured a blend of my strong and weak points. I'm very comfortable with AJAX and PHP, but really didn't seem to get the true power of CSS or Dreamweaver CS4 tool set. I'm 3/4 through the book now and I can tell you that the writing style is way above the norm. Very few or no typos, great insight on how to use the Dreamweaver CS4 features, and nice integration of common open-source products such as PHP and AJAX (ala SPRY mostly). Now I feel very comfortable leaving my table web page designs and using CSS to cascade my way through the style of my new page designs. Thanks again David.
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