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5.0 out of 5 stars A lucid and easy to follow book., 13 Feb 2004
I picked up this book a while ago and I have to say it's probably one of the best computer training books I've ever come across. If you are thinking of converting your static site to a dynamic one then this book will help you do it. It will also show you how to make it XHTML compliant and gives you a short guide on CSS. This book is very easy to understand but it requires a small amount of experience of using Dreamweaver, only a very small amount though! Buy this book! If you don't like it - I'll eat my hard drive!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Hands On Tutorial Based Title, 6 Jan 2008
This book follows a tutorial approach, taking an outdated static html website, and updating to XHTML / CSS and dynamic database driven content.
All necessary files for each lesson are included on a CD.

The book presents solutions for ASP VB (not and Coldfusion server side languages. You do not need any prior knowledge of Asp or Cold Fusion, but familiarity with Dreamweaver and html will help you through the first few chapters.

Lessons include creating a database in MS Access (or equivalent), setting up a database connection using Dreamweaver, creating dynamic menus, lists, links and images from database tables, creating user login functionality, and managing website content using forms.

The chapters recommend between 1 and 2 hours to complete, breaking subjects down into manageable chunks. The amount of code involved is relatively low, given the dreamweaver short cuts. Definitely a great place to start learning about Dreamweaver's dynamic functions.

Finally, despite the book being aimed at dreamweaver mx, I found every line applied perfectly to dreamweaver 8. So do not worry about compatibility. HOWEVER, in order to develop dynamic content note you will require access to a server; whether this be from an online provider, or running on windows ISS (only comes with certain versions of windows - usually professional and business editions). The book explains in detail how to choose and set up a server.
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