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Utterly unmissable if you're serious about learning Dreamweaver CS3.,
This review is from: Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)
I am currently studying the Adobe Certified Expert Dreamweaver CS3 course at college, and my Lecturer not only recommended this book, but brought his own copy into the class for us all to read through. He told us, in no uncertain terms, that this book was an absolute must if you are serious about sitting the Adobe Certified Expert exam on Dreamweaver CS3. In this regard, if you are a student of any age sitting a course based on Dreamweaver CS3, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
The language in the book is as "jargon" based as required, although it does assume that since you are studying Dreamweaver you have some grasp of the basic internet terminology and standards such as XHTML, CSS, PHP, FTP, etc.
However, as you read through the book and pick up pieces of information you are invited to join in by downloading free tutorial files from the specified website. These files are in a 2.8mb ZIP file download and, just to reiterate, they are absolutely free of charge. This is extremely helpful for people like myself who prefer to see not only read an exercise on how to do something, but prefer to also see the exercise and it's outcome in action.
As well as the free tutorial files, there are also completed tutorials (also free) to download and look over if you want to jump directly to the end result as you read through the book. However you chose to study, there is a method and accompanying tutorial files to suit.
Again, this book was recommended to me by an Adobe Certified instructor who insisted that this book was the one he used the most when studying for his own Adobe Certified Expert exam. Whatever aspect of Dreamweaver you want to learn, whether it's defining sites, building sites with tables, creating and applying external style sheets, or simply uploading content to a server using FTP, this book has something for every level of Dreamweaver CS3 user and then some. It's well laid out, the examples are well illustrated, the menus are well explained, and the tutorials are absolutely free of charge.
If you only have the money for one Dreamweaver CS3 book, make it this one. Many people go for Adobe's own Classroom in a Book series, but I found that particular book to be a bloated, overly technical, and somewhat blurred view at the way the program worked. David McFarland's book gets right to the point, shows how to do things clearly and concisely, and as I said offers tutorial files to let you view the examples in print on your own screen.
A definite 5 stars for me.