Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours Paperback – 30 Sep 2005
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From the Back Cover
Learn how to fully exploit the power of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 with Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours. Divided into 24 one-hour lessons, you will learn how to create webpages and how to use the latest and greatest toolset in this updated version of Macromedia Dreamweaver. Author Besty Bruce, a web applications developer and Macromedia-authorized Dreamweaver and Authorware Trainer, will show you how to build your knowledge of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 and authoring websites with her carefully guided instruction. You will focus on how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 to:
- Quickly build a dynamic website.
- Employ client-side image maps and interactive forms.
- Design a layout with frames and tables.
- Add interactivity with scripts and controls.
- Add audio, video, and other active content.
About the Author
Betsy Bruce is a web applications developer and Macromedia-authorized Dreamweaver and Authorware Trainer for MediaPro, Inc. She specializes in computer and web-based training applications and consults with major corporations on both design and training. As an authorized trainer, she has traveled the country guiding groups from corporations to school districts in effectively creating dynamic web content.
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The book is broken down into chapters, each chapter refered to as "one hour." The first few hours are easy-to-follow, but as you advance the chapters, the author's wear and tear becomes more and more evident. The instructions and descriptions start becoming sloppy and lackluster.
Some chapters - particularly the early ones - cover simple concepts comprehensively with unnecessarily meticulous description, while the later chapters are skimmed and vague. For instance, the author doesn't bother to explain the real difference between table layout, table cells and layers - the advantages, disadvantages, etc. If you're not familiar with these concepts, you will be baffled and left out in the cold. She also doesn't expand further than merely teaching you how to make a table, cell or layer, which is a shame because these tools are pivotal designing tools for professional webdesigners (what the book promises to make of you at its completion). Another tragic mistake by the author was skipping another crucial designing method called floating and failing to spend sufficient time on CSS. Instead she spends a whole chapter on frames, a primitive designing feature that has long been abandoned with stone tires.
The book is also misleading because every "hour" takes closer to two hours. Some even three. This is not because the chapters are so long, but because it takes time to consume the material and process the information into your cerebral registry. It takes time to apply the instructions and practice to perfect the chapters. And that could easily mean more than one hour per chapter. Plus, there are a lot of times you just don't understand what some of the poor descriptions are talking about and spend 30 minutes easy trying to figure out what's happening on your own. Sooner or later you start drifting into space and the next thing you know, an hour has flown by in lala land.
Don't get me wrong. For a newbie, the book is excellent at acquainting you with Dreamweaver 8, but if you're looking to be designing professional websites afterward as the book asserts, I recommend you do a lot of research online, as few books on DW cover beyond the basics.
Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours is written for a reader new to building websites and to Dreamweaver or a reader who is somewhat familiar with those topics but not Dreamweaver. The structure of the book begins with a quick tour of Dreamweaver 8 then takes the reader through basic HTML and images and beyond to more advanced topics such as Dynamic HTML (DHTML) and form handling.
Due to reader request and because many new Dreamweaver users also have Macromedia Fireworks (as part of Macromedia Studio , there is a "bonus" lesson on the use of Fireworks to optimize images for the web.
Dreamweaver how-tos and HTML concepts are introduced in a logical progression; for example, readers are taught basic layout using tables and frames then are introduced to the use of layers and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
As with all books in the in 24 Hours series, each lesson concludes with a Q&A section to reinforce the key concepts presented and a Workshop section which contains a simple quiz to test understanding and a hands-on "lab" that asks the reader to perform certain tasks that were explained in the lesson.
As a training aid targeted at getting new Dreamweaver users up and running quickly, the book covers static pages only, leaving database connections, server-side scripting options, and other advanced topics for other books such as Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours (ISBN 0-672-32619-1) or Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Unleashed (ISBN 0-672-32760-0), part of Sams Publishing's Unleashed series.
Betsy Bruce's writing is clear and easily digestible. She gives enough explanation with some background information where applicable without meandering through unnecessary or confusing information. Where beneficial to understanding the use of a Dreamweaver feature or capability, she gives examples of how she uses that feature or capability in her own work.
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours is an excellent aid for the new Dreamweaver user who has a need to hit the ground running. Those who have used Dreamweaver MX or Dreamweaver MX 2004 or are a new Dreamweaver 8 user who can afford a more leisurely pace may be better off taking a look at the
previously mentioned Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Unleashed.
Reviewer: Robert Saucier
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