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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1st Revised edition edition (30 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672327538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672327537
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,384,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours is fully updated to the newest version of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, providing you with a comprehensive, up-to-date learning and reference tool.

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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Almost as good as an Idiot guide although after a couple of false starts and a lot of useless crap added to my files I found it much easier to use it as a reference guide.
Learn the basics then use the book as a guide to achieve a specific requirement.
Good basic stuff.
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The book was in the condition quoted in the description. I wasn't sure whether to go for it when it was so cheap but it was as per the desciption in every way. Just took a while being delivered.
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Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hoursusing this book to improve my website, easy to follow
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scratches the surface and just that... 28 Nov. 2005
By Ghostman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for beginners that want to create amateur-decent websites. Any knowledge beyond the intermediate level will have to be sought elsewhere.

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.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Betsy Bruce's writing is clear and easily digestible 11 Dec. 2005
By D-MAG.org Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the computer world, things change in the blink of an eye. The Sams Publishing Teach Yourself . in 24 Hours series can get the reader up and running in a matter of days. Concepts are delivered in units that are designed to be completed within 1 hour per unit. Betsy Bruce's Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 Hours is no exception.

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

Member, D-MAG.org
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start ! 31 Jan. 2007
By Eddie Landsberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of important note: The back of the book states that its a BEGINNER level book. This means that if you're an experienced web designer looking for DREAMWEAVER'S missing manual to guide you through its more advanced features, the book will be a disappointement. On the other hand, if you're new to DREAMWEAVER, CSS as well as the quirks of how to lay out a web page using the program on a very basic level, the book is definitely a painless and user friendly read. Betsy Bruce's writing style is very nice... flows nicely, easy to follow and will head you off in the write direction. Then, after that you can deal with the NO printed manual problem (grrrrrrrrrr...)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Author Should had come with book 7 Jun. 2007
By Yannick Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was an easy book to pick up and read plus also pick up and understand. I basically tought myself Dreamweaver. The program without the book I would be impossible to learn. I just wished an instructor came with the book because I am a person who learns easier when visually instructed. Other that that excellent product
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver is not easy 19 Mar. 2008
By Mr. Fixit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a long time designer, teacher and user of Adobe software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom et al. and having some experience with html coding, I thought Dreamweaver 8 would be fairly intuitive and quick to grasp. I was quite wrong! So I bought two books--Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 hours and Dreamweaver 8 The Missing Manual. First, as you may be well aware, Dreamweaver was purchased from Macromedia and incorporated into the Adobe software line fairly recently. Adobe has incorporated some of the desktop look and feel of their other products into Dreamweaver 8 but the program is not that intuitive for a new user. The book, that is the subject of this review, helps some but is dense reading. It is set up as a series of one hour lessons and this format makes it hard to skip around and find out how to handle a specific problem you may wish to address. The Missing Manual book is somewhat more thorough (and almost 400 pages longer) in covering the intricacies of Dreamweaver but is no less dense. If you are looking for a "How do I design a web page?" book, you may find these books overly technical and without many easy to understand screen shots. The screen shots in Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 in 24 hours are all B&W (same in The Missing Manual) and the details are small. Both are books better suited for fairly advanced users.
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