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Highly informative - buy it if you need to develop dynamic websites,
This review is from: The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP (Essentials) (Paperback)I bought this book as I am studying dynamic web pages linked to a MySQL database which I edit using PHPMyAdmin. The book has been an enormous help, particularly when I was really struggling trying to finish the end of course assignment. There are LOTS of files to download from the publisher's web site and these are referred to in the book. There are places where the instructions are not quite as clear as I would have liked and I had a certain amount of difficulty developing my own pages based on the instructions in the book. The only place where I totally disagreed with him was his recommendation to download XAMP to get PHPMyAdmin, PHP, MySQL etc rather than downloading them individually. I never did get XAMP to behave and then had major hell removing it, with subsequent problems with PHPMyAdmin as it complained about the root password not being correct. I eventually found how to reset the root password, but only after many hours of searching on the Internet. I strongly recommend setting up an Apache server on your home computer plus installing PHPMyAdmin, PHP and MySQL as developing dynamic web pages is a difficult subject to master and one evening at college is not nearly enough time to master this topic.
The publisher's web site included updates for all of their books where readers have found errors, or have made suggestions for improvements. I have submitted a number of suggestions for improvement but I note that these have not yet been included on the web site.
If you are planning to study how to develop dynamic web sites, DO go on a Dreamweaver course first as I didn't and have really struggled trying to learn basic aspects such as formatting pages and tables, inserting hyperlinks etc. I had more than enough to do just learning about PHP and SQL without trying to learn Dreamweaver as well.