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Foundation Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 [Paperback]

Craig Grannell , G. McLachlan , David Powers

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25 Aug 2010 1590593081 978-1590593080
Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the latest version of Macromedia's world-class visual web-authoring tool, which includes powerful yet easy-to-use database integration. Unlike many other books, Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 focuses on both sides of coin - no matter what your background, this book will give you a solid foundation in graphic design and layout issues as well as full training in the powerful server-side and database integration features that Dreamweaver offers. The truth is that in today's climate database integration is no more of an extra than faultless visual design, and this book is here to guide you through this new world, covering dynamic scripting with PHP and the popular MySQL database. This book covers: - Site design and layout principles - Using templates and Cascading Style Sheets to create advanced site designs - Adding interactivity to pages with PHP script - Setting up PHP and MySQL to create powerful dynamic database-driven applications - Working with the new user interfac Even if you are already using Dreamweaver and want to extend your skills towards dynamic content, interactive and engaging to your visitors. Or maybe you're a developer who wants to make the most of this sophisticated productivity tool and take full advantage of the renowned Dreamweaver interface to improve your workflow. Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 gives you the essential grounding that you'll need in the all-important design context. Whether a complete novice or a past user, after reading this book, you'll be fluent in the full breadth of the powerful functionality that Dreamweaver MX 2004 has to offer - this book presents a unique learning curve backed up by solid real-world case studies and tutorials. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 makes this all possible, and Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004 makes it easier than you could have imagined! Potential readers include

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Working on this book with Craig Grannell and George McLachlan has been great fun, and that's what we want readers to have while learning a lot of useful things at the same time. The book takes a hands-on approach right from the start, showing you how to achieve the effects you want, with plenty of illustrations to make everything easy to understand. There's no talking down, though (at least not intentionally). There are plenty of explanations of what's happening and why, plus guidance as to what to do when things go wrong. By the time you reach the final page, you'll be handling advanced concepts with confidence.

As one of the authors responsible for the PHP section, I encourage readers to "get their hands dirty" by digging into the underlying code and tweaking it. MX 2004 can do a lot of the hard work of building a database-driven website. With the knowledge in this book, you'll not only make full use of its built-in server behaviors, but also be able to adapt them to create even more responsive dynamic websites.

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Craig Grannell Craig was trained in the fine arts, but later became immersed in digital media, showing videos and multimedia work at leading international media festivals. The web caught his attention in 1995, and he now divides his time between creating websites, writing for various web and design-related magazines, and working on his eclectic Veer Musikal Unit audio project. Information, downloads, music, movies and dancing trees can be found at his website, Snub Communications (www.snubcommunications.com). Craig is a co-author of the original Foundation Dreamweaver MX from friends of ED, and also Dreamweaver MX Design Projects, from glasshaus.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtfully written, not rushed, great value 23 Mar 2004
By Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
I've always liked friends of ED books - not least because I used to work for a sister company before they were bought out by Apress. The Foundation series has always been their biggest-seller, as it combines a comprehensive overview of a tool for the newcomer (either newbie to Dreamweaver, or newbie to this particular release) with a considered, intelligent tutorial style. Quality used to be an issue for friends of ED; fortunately this book marks a return to form. The marketing guy who sent me the book explained that friends of ED were bored at reading the same dry, rushed-out books written on beta code that always accompany a new Dreamweaver release and so took the decision to wait until the community and its authors had a decent chance to use the software in the real-world before writing the book. Happily, as well, Macromedia released a new update to DMX 2004 that made it a lot faster and more stable, hopefully attracting more customers who'd held off from buying due to the quality issues in the first DMX2004 release, although this book doesn't address features added with the updater, like the return of the timeline.
The authors of this book are professional developers David Powers and George McLachlan, and pro artist and designer Craig Grannell. Unlike many DW books, it doesn't only concentrate on the processes and technical procedures of Dreamweaver development; it acknowledges that you're using DW as a tool and the end-result is a site that has to look good and be attractive to whichever audience you're designing for. I found that refreshing in itself - throughout the chapters, there are aesthetic questions considered and it's never forgotten that you're designing for people rather than the dubious joy of squirting code up to a web server somewhere.
Interestingly, unlike previous friends of ED Dreamweaver books which used Access and ASP as the default server model to teach with, this book uses PHP and MySQL - the most popular combo for web sites across the world. The authors write "we chose PHP because ... it's free, it's cross-platform, running on Windows, OSX and Linux, it's easy to learn and ... there are a large number of resources available".
The book is structured around a case-study - a promotional site for photographic images of Iceland. (It's a shame that the book's only in black and white, as the images look great - but if monochrome keeps the cost down, that's OK by us, right?). The reason for the case-study approach is the same approach as we use at DMXzone for our articles (and our series Ideas to Implementation) - recognising that the easiest way to learn something is by doing it, and making it as relevant to the real-world as possible. So there's a short one chapter on the Dreamweaver IDE (if you're completely new) and then it's straight in with the learning curve.
I won't go through every chapter individually; most notable are chapter 9 which builds the site using CSS rather than nested tables, chapter 10 which handily gives instructions on installing PHP and Apache Server on different operating systems, Chapter 11 which looks at forms, and some simple ways to protect them from malicious scripts, chapter 13 which helps set up and run MySQL, chapter 14 which looks at website security.
The reason I highlight these are because many beginner's books don't touch on security at all (which can lead to a lot of very good sites written by beginners being open to hacks) and because, in a beginner's book, I always like to see installation explained in the author's own voice, as that's the style that the reader has become familiar with (rather than being sent off to a URL - and, frankly, many open-source developer sites are not terribly beginner-friendly). Also of note in chapter 16 - Dreamweaver Extensions - which name-checks DMXzone!!
I liked this book very much; the style was bright and breezy enough so that it never got boring (and I've read a lot of beginner's Dreamweaver tutorials in my time). It hangs together as a book, too; we were shown a lot of DMX 2004 books last year that were written in a rush, hardly edited, and which were 90% of the previous MX edition of the book with a few new screenshots. The learning curve in this book is fast, but not frightening, and it covers all the basics but distinguishes itself by including information on design, the user experience and security which you don't usually see in books aimed at the beginner, but which I believe most definitely *should* be included. The premise behind the case-study is that web sites should be styled using CSS -which is great, but the book doesn't really cover much CSS - just enough to get the case-study up and running.
After reading this book, you won't be up to professional level (you need DMXzone tutorials to do that!); I'm not sure that after reading it, you'd be ready to make a huge site using PHP although, in fairness to the authors, they don't claim that it will - but it will give a newbie a full grounding in the mechanics of making PHP/ MySQL sites with DMX 2004.
Bruce Lawson, DMXzone.com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! I love Dreamweaver! 6 Sep 2005
By J. Lou - Published on Amazon.com
I've been doing amateur web design on and off for about 6 years now. I wanted to catch up with what the professionals are doing these days. I was not able to make sense of CSS until I got this wonderful book from my university bookstore. It's written with clarity and deep understanding of every step of the web design process. In addition to CSS and template, I loved the chapter on how to make the design on paper and then in Photoshop before heading to Dreamweaver. This helped a lot! The website I designed this time looks much better than any site I'd done before. Thanks so much! I'm still going to volunteer to design websites for the academic community, and I'm still going to refer to this book, esp. those interactive chapters in the second half of the book. Good job! Well done!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wasting time in the shallow end here! 26 Jun 2004
By joanthethird - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book for certain kinds of people, and maybe not so great for others, so it's important you're able to assess your style of learning to avoid disappointment with it.
I love it and think it's one of the most fantastic books of its kind for any application -and I'll tell you why: they don't fill pages with over-detailed explanations of simple interface issues and figure that's teaching you the application; they teach you the application as a means to make sites. You're always in the thick of using Dreamweaver to accomplish the real-world tasks involved in designing, building and launching a site. They cover tangent technologies as they come up in the process of building the book's example site, so you're learning way more than just how to push Dreamweaver along -PHP, MySQL,the Apache server, CSS, accessibility issues, etc., -whatever you'd come across getting the site done and online. The catch is you need to be able to follow deep material covered in few pages, because it covers the most ground, in the most depth and in the fewest amount of pages I've come across in a computer book. YET- everything is explained so you're not left feeling steps were left out or that you're being told to just imitate without being given enough to understand why and what's going on.
I love it because you're constantly being challenged to keep up with all the diverse information that weaves in & out of the website creation process. The layout helps enormously by breaking the information into different visual chunks per page, and the screen shots are big enough to be informative and clear despite being b&w throughout.

An excellent return on your time investment with this one; you'll come away with a lot more understanding than just how to work Dreamweaver's interface, if you're willing and able to keep taking giant steps following along.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a foundation book, stressing FOUNDATION 28 July 2004
By Absense of Form - Published on Amazon.com
I used dreamweaver MX and I also got myself through Dreamweaver MX: Training from the source before (which to be honest, was really boring to me.... each chapter felt like it would never end.....), but I never had the confidence in using dreamweaver for any big project of mine, I still used it just to save time on my XHTML and stuff like that!

I then got my hands on Foundation Dreamweaver MX 2004. Now I'll admit, I am a big fan of Friends of ED books and it is thanks to their foundation series that have got me going with my Flash MX side, but I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I read the reviews on amazon.com and they all seemed positive... so I went ahead and dedicated time to this book.

As one of the previous reviews said, it truly doesn't waste time in the shallow end, giving no disrespect to you by teaching you how to do such common things like "SAVING", which I'm pretty sure I remember was in the training from the source book from before.. I mean if you're so new to computers, chances are you wouldnt have dived out and spent all that money to purchase of all programs, dreamweaver mx 2004!

It starts off by diving into a project and how you would/should first start off, then it starts to pave the pathway for using dreamweaver and it guides you to the creation of a static website. So the first half was relatively straightforward and easy because it doesn't really require anything more than knowing HTML/XHTML.. then comes the 2nd bit, and being a programmer myself meant that the bit on the basic language of PHP was a bit boring because I knew all the concepts, however, the excitement began once I created my own content management system, I was loading information from databases and stuff like that! Sure Dreamweaver does a lot of the work for you, but you can only let it do it when you understand how, not just know how, but understand how it all works together. I hate books that teach you "To do this, you click here, then type this, then click ok" and end there, this book does something and usually for instructions that I have a question about, I'll find an explanation of what just went on underneath it... good stuff! Mind you, there are also some cool tips a seasoned user might know but a beginner will have to find out through either mistakes or just luck.

Personally, I really hate and love this book. Hate it because it gets me excited when I get a quick glance at what I'm about to do in the next chapter and I start trying to read more and more within one day and neglecting other things. Love it because right now, having finished the book 2 days ago (Today is 28th July, 2004), I have to say I'd tell anyone who wants to learn Dreamweaver mx 2004 to get this book...definitely. It might not take u from zero to a professional, thats because its not like other books that are 195023852028502492 pages long, but it gives you enough of a grip for you to have the guts to go and explore and try new things and tell that guy next to you "Yep, I know how to use dreamweaver mx 2004" :)
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre-review and a response. 19 Mar 2004
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
I have used other Foundation books and have found them to be more than adequete for my beginner/intermediate level needs. I trust that this book would do nothing less. I will most likely purchase this book. My ranking is based upon the other books.
The real reason I composed this review was to let reviewer rayne353 from Texas know that "usually ships within 24 hours" means it "usually" leaves thier warehouse within 24 hrs of receiving confirmation that you purchased this book. The key word in that phrase is, you guessed it, "usually." It most likely left the warehouse 2 or 3 days after you purchased it. Don't hold it against them too much. I made the same mistake and I'm sure others will to.
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