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How to switch from static to dynamic in 16 (~easy) steps,
By A Customer
This review is from: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 with ASP, Coldfusion and PHP: Training from the Source (Paperback)
I have been using Dreamweaver 4 for quite a while. I learned with “DW4 Bible” by J. Lowery, which I thought was a good introduction.
Having upgraded to DW MX 2004, and being willing to exploit the full potential of the software, markedly with dynamic website, I was looking for a book that will start from a “reasonably good” level (in static html) and explain how to get there.
This book proved to be a perfect match.
It starts by building a small static site (for a travel agency), and move swiftly to HXTML, explaining on the way CSS (and the new interface of MX 2004).
Then the fun begin with some explanations on the different possibilities (IIS/ASP, Cold Fusion, Apache/PHP), how to set a local server or a database, how to email forms, calculate prices, filter data, create a search interface, authenticate users, etc… etc… That is a total of 16 lessons, each with a folder on the enclosed CD with all the files you need, either to “take” the lesson or to test the final result.
I think this is a good book for people that have similar experience. Switching from static to dynamic is a bit daunting at first, but this book will lead you trough all the steps in a logic and progressive way. It will not make you an expert in PHP or ASP, but will make you much more skilled in dynamic website design, and should you wish to pursue your training, it will open the door to other, more specialised (and hence more difficult) books…