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A great foundation in dynamic websites,
This review is from: Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 with ASP, Coldfusion and PHP: Training from the Source (Paperback)This book has proved invaluable to me.
I wanted to explore the possibilities of making my websites database driven - but didn't know where to start. I was a bit skeptical of buying a 'Macromedia' book, as in the past I have found independantly written books to be more realistic about an applications flaws (though I do detect a slight biase towards Coldfusion - a Macromedia product)
However, this book is truely brilliant. Jeffrey Bardzell has a great talent at being able to explain advanced techniques very clearly. Once something is explained, he doesn't waste time by re-explaining it when you need to re-use the technique later in the book. I can't stand it when books do that, and find it rather patronising. You do need to work through the book in order though - it is not intended to be a reference book.
The example you develop through the book (an on-line travel agent), has been very well chosen. You take a fictional, static HTML site, which you can see would be a nightmare to maintain, and turn it into a database driven dynamic site. The skills you learn in this example can easily be translated into the realworld. The included CD contains, both start files and completed files (so you can test you inputed everything correctly) in asp, php and coldfusion.
I e-mailed the publisher to congratulate him, and got a reply from the author himself! There is even a suporting website with an Errata page ([...]) and the fictional website is up and online so you can see how the finished product works ([...])
All in all - an excellent book. The best written Dreamweaver book I have read (and there have been a few!) My only gripe is that Jeffery Bardzel hasn't written more.