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Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 with ASP, Coldfusion, and PHP: Training from the Source [Paperback]

Jeffrey Bardzell
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11 Nov 2005 Training from the Source
Learn by doing! Follow along, step-by-step, as you upgrade a static HTML site that uses obsolete code to an XML standard-compliant, CSS-formatted dynamic site using Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP), Macromedia ColdFusion, or the open source PHP. Create several integrated applications for a fictional travel tour operator, including a searchable listing for tour descriptions, country profiles, and a tour price calendar. In this official Macromedia guide, you’ll learn how to:
  • Use a relational database—Microsoft Access or MySQL—as the driving force behind a site
  • Use Dreamweaver’s built-in server behaviors and application objects to assist in the rapid development of dynamic Web applications
  • Read and hand-code ASP VBScript, ColdFusion Markup Language, and PHP scripts well enough to understand how dynamic Web pages work, troubleshoot errors, and customize scripts
  • Collect and  manipulate user-entered data, performing calculations on the fly
  • Use SQL to pass information between your pages and the database
  • Validate forms using client-side and server-side scripts

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Macromedia Press; 1 edition (11 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321336259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321336255
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 17.8 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Bardzell is an IT Trainer and multimedia instructional developer at Indiana University. He has developed many courses and authored numerous books on Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, and ColdFusion, including the previous edition, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 with ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP: Training from the Source from Macromedia Press. He co-founded Allecto Media, an eLearning development and consulting company, with his wife.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Previous to starting this book I had a knowledge of Dreamweaver 8 and CSS but absolutely no knowledge at all of dynamic pages. Readers need to have a knowledge of Dreamweaver but not to any great depth.
The book is aimed at teaching good understanding of what is possible with ASP, Coldfusion and PHP. The book deals with all 3 different scripting languages simultaneously. Where there are key differences in the methodologies between the different languages the author takes time to implicitly outline the steps needed for each one.
I completed the book with respect to PHP and using MySQL on an Apache server (all open source, and therefore free). The author takes you through the installation of the languages and databases to enable you to create a testing server on your local machine. I had a few problems with respect to the installation of PHP and MySQL as the versions outlined in the book have been superceeded due to the fast way in which open source software is developed, and therefore have slight differences in install procedures. This caused me a problem BUT I am glad it did as the problems that I had to solve gave me real-world experience of what kind of things can affect a good install of these packages. Once I had corrected a few files and PHP, MySQL and Apache were all living in unison the book had good flow and I think the right amount of knowledge being taught in each lesson.
I recommend this book with respect to PHP, MySQL and Apache. I cannot refer to the ASP or Coldfusion code as I did not follow that route.
I would of given this book 4.5 if possible as I felt it wasn't quite a 5 star buy, but highly recommended never-the-less
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 2 Jun 2006
By Voog
I have used previous version of Dreamweaver and wanted to start using the Database Features in Dreamweaver 8, so I tried this book. It showed me how to do everything I needed to do.

However it focuses on the coding, I would much prefer to use the features built in to dreamweaver.

So if your a coder then it's perfect, if not it's still pretty good, but you'll have to find out which things Dreamweaver will do for you, and which ones it won't
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing At Best 13 Mar 2006
By Jesse DeBear - Published on
The book was good up until the 10th Chapter in my opinion. I went through the excercises developing on a remote server running PHP/ MySQL. Up until the 10th chapter the author made several minor mistakes in the hand code to insert for both PHP and also in how to modify the existing SQL file to upload it to a remote database server via PHP My Admin. I must admit that researching and solving these mistakes on my own was a valuable learning experience. The real problem occurred starting with chapter 11. After uploading and testing my pages after each step as coached to by the author I began getting MySQL syntax error messages prompting me to consult the manual for my version of MySQL. I verified that my hosting company was running the same version of MySQL that the author demonstrated to those developing locally to install so I loaded the completed pages for the lesson from the CD and they would not open at all. At least the pages I was developing would load and had some functionality so that tells me that there was not even continuity between the completed pages on the CD and the text in the book. I think that is pretty inexcusable that nobody bothered to make sure that the completed projects worked in all development environments both locally and remote. I would have to say that the book is a complete waste of time for the PHP/ MySQL developer. To be fair I plan to upgrade my hosting account to include Cold Fusion so I can go through the book again following the Cold Fusion steps. Maybe they will work fine, one can only hope. Right now I can't recommend the book as it was extremely frustrating to put in all the time I did in the earlier chapters only to run into an insurmountable roadblock. One other thing of note is that the author invited readers to visit his website for updates and errata but when you go there you find that it has not been updated since 2004 and doesn't even mention Dreamweaver 8. It also says that the author's company is out of business so I must assume that Adobe/ Macromedia just copied the MX 2004 book (errors that it had and all) and just put a new jacket on it and changed the label on the CD and put it to market. I would have expected more from a $45.00 book that supports a $500.00 program. There is a book called "Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8" written by David Powers that has received high reviews that I am going to try next.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You learn by doing, and I did. 9 Jan 2006
By Kevin Frost - Published on
If your like me, you've only started with all of this dynamic web site technology. I am relatively new to PHP/MySQL and Dreamweaver 8 but I really wanted to start learning so that I could build a site where me extended family could post announcements, photos, addresses, etc. I also wanted to make sure that data would be secure. By doing the exercises in this book, I was able to do just that. As I went through them, I became very comfortable with using Dreamweaver to retrieve data from a database and use the included server side behaviors. It was great to see Dreamweaver write the PHP code. In addition is achieving a level of understanding of the HTTP protocol and using the GET and POST methods to send data between pages that always used to confuse me. This is the first book that made me truly understand. And the author writes this in a way that doesn't make me feel stupid. It's just the right amount of repetition that eventually, when he says to perform a step like setting up a recordset, you can do it without needing to read the individual steps. Get this book if your new to all of this. I guarantee that you'll learn alot.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginners book, tries a little too much on advanced topics 24 Jan 2006
By Jason A. Farneth - Published on
This book was an amazingly enlightening experience. I know a few web developers, and have heard them rant and rave about dynamic web development. After reading this book I understand exactly what they are talking about. This book did an amazing job on introducing the dreamweaver interface, although the main focus was explaining how different technologies (ASP, Coldfusion, PHP, and even SQL) can be used for web development in many different applications. I found the walkthroughs very informative, giving a professional perspective on the different technologies. Each lesson had a good purpose in contributing to the final goal, creating a dynamic tour site that employees could update.

I did encounter some issues with this book, however. I found that the author tried very heavily to force feed the coding; assuming those who were reading had no experience with the languages. It became slightly annoying when I reached the point where I could no longer keep up with the pages of new code that I had to program to make the sites work. By the end of the book I was so frustrated I just copied the code down just to get through the last few pages. I would DEFINATELY recommend going through this book, deciding which server technology you would like to work with, and pursue that through other books. Regardless of what server technology you decide, a good SQL book is a must. After I finish some other books I believe I will appreciate the knowledge this book gave me (perhaps to a 5 star level), but for now it gets 4 stars.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource 6 Mar 2006
By Halifax Creative User Group - Published on
One thing I am still not sure of with the whole Adobe - Macromedia merger is the status of Macromedia Press. Thier books are essential to any professional. When my Studio 8 came in the mail, the first thing I noticed was that there was no book inside. This book becomes paramount to now helping me through the changes with 8 with respect to Dreamweaver and it should for you too - especially if you like to thumb paper rather than scroll PDF's.

Like earlier versions of this book, it conctrates your learning by going through the steps of a project. The accompaning cd has all the tutorial files as well as a trail version of DW8 - so no excuses.

Depending on how long you have used DW, you might not find much in the first few chapters, but the lessons get intense quickly with lesson 3 having you set up a local server (note you best have Windows XP Pro to do this) and delving into dynamic web sites.

The book does a good job at explaining the CSS features of Dreamweaver, however if you do not know CSS, best you get a book on that first before getting into this one. This book is for those ready to hit the ground running... no standing still on this one.

Great trainging manual for introductory classes and intermediate and below users, though more advanced users could use it from the staff library to brush up skills or find an answer to the odd probelem associated with new releases.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No online errata for this book 7 July 2006
By Troy Dalton - Published on
I'll say something good first. I found the author to be well skilled in explaining the concepts as well as the procedure when using Dreamweaver 8. Each chapter is written like a good lesson plan, and takes you through the book task by task. I usually have to read more than one book on a technology because what one author fails to explain adequately, another explains very well. That is the case with this book, But don't buy this book.

When I did run into a problem with the code in the book, I went to the website and found that there was no erata page or anything else for this book, the last update was for Dreamweaver MX or some previous version. So now I have to figure out on my own why the code in the book is giving me errors. Unforgivable.

I also read "Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8", and of course it also had errata, but it was fully corrected on the accompanying site. I did not have the problems with the server as the other reviewer did, because I didn't use this book for it after reading about his problems. I used the Foundation book to set up the PHP/MySQL, and it worked just fine, although I haven't tested it on the remote server yet...

Anyway if he's not going to support the book by listing errata on an accompanying site (that he references in the book), then don't bother buying the book.
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