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Dreamweaver MX: The Complete Reference

   by Ray West / Tom Muck

    McGraw-Hill Companies
    24 July, 2002


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Editorial description(s):

Book Info
Covers all of the new features of Dreamweaver MX in detail, including a discussion of the .NET Platform and ASP.NET integration. Softcover. CD-ROM included.

From the Back Cover
The Most Comprehensive Guide to Dreamweaver MX Available

Create, build, and manage Web sites and Internet applications effectively using this all-inclusive resource. Dreamweaver experts Ray West and Tom Muck thoroughly explain everything you need to know to maximize the latest features of this fully integrated Web development tool that supports key technologies including ASP, ASP.NET, JSP, PHP, ColdFusion, XML, and Web services. Learn to use Dreamweaver MX's new layout tools, enhanced code-editing support, compliance-checking features, and much more. When it comes to innovative Web development and design, this definitive resource will help you accomplish more than you dreamed possible.
*Utilize new workspace enhancements--including customizable toolbars and tabbed document windows
*Save time using Server Behaviors for database insertion forms, user authentication pages, and more
*Take advantage of built-in support for ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion MX applications
*Create dynamic sites quickly using enhanced templates and Application Objects
*Enhance page designs using the latest Cascading Style Sheets standards (CSS2)
*Write your own code with powerful coding features--Tag Chooser, Tag editors, and snippets
*Build compliant next-generation sites and applications that support XML and Web services
*Integrate Fireworks MX, Macromedia Flash MX, ColdFusion MX, and other external applications into Dreamweaver

Book Description
This book covers all of the new features of Dreamweaver MX in detail, including a discussion of the .NET Platform and ASP.NET integration.

Reader review(s):

Woohoo!, July 30, 2002
All I can say is "wow". I've been using Dreamweaver for a while now building html pages, but Dreamweaver MX is a little overwhelming. There are different server models and databases to choose from, and so much to learn. This book addresses all of those areas that I was unfamiliar with using a readable style that made me want to read it from cover to cover. It's more than just a reference -- it has a tutorial approach that covers all the topics yet is useful as a teaching guide as well. This book will never make it to my shelf. It will be on my desk where I can refer to it while I work.

Excellent reference for all Web developers, August 7, 2002
I never knew there was so much to learn to build a dynamic Web site. This book really does a great job laying out all of the different technologies that are needed. I've been using DW 4, but all of this application server stuff has my head spinning. This book has chapters about each application server that really helped me decide which direction to go. Those chapters alone make the book a worthwhile purchase, but there's also a chapter on database design. I never knew what I was doing wrong before with my databases, but it is clearly spelled out in this book. Also, SQL is clearly explained in a chapter. These are great topics for a Web developer, because it is stuff that I didn't know before, but also stuff that I needed to learn. This is like 8 books in one. Really a great deal. I'm only 1/4 of the way through it! The CSS chapter was also exceptional. All of the techniques I've seen in the book are up-to-date with the latest trends in Web design. The best part of it is that it doesn't read like some dry reference manual. The writing is easy to follow.

It tries to cover too much, August 7, 2002
not enough material about how to use dreamweaver itself. This book has lot of short chapters just about everything but does not goes into detail. It even has a chapter about how to design a relational database, a chapter about SQL and its syntax ???

There is no way that a single book can cover all web technologies as this book tries to.

Disappointed ..

I'm returning this book to get the Dreamweaver MX Bible instead

If you're serious of building Web Sites...., October 4, 2002
I now have four books on Dreamweaver. This is my latest acquisition that I bought the old fashion way, through a bookstore, which gave me time to really preview the numerous books on this top selling software. The reason why I bought this book was because of the additional detail that you don't find in the other books. It's not just a 'what do the buttons do' software book. If you are only interested in building static web pages then another book may do, but if you are wanting to add dynamic pages, where the viewer inputs data into forms, then that's a whole other level of web building that most books don't cover. If your a novice and haven't had schooling in Web and Server applications (ASP,Coldfusion, etc)and database applications, this will help bring you up to speed. I applaud the layout and content that these authors have created. It focuses on building web applications with Dreamweaver MX, not just web pages, and definately fulfills a need.

Lots of Bang for the buck, August 5, 2002
At first when I heard the book had all the server languages,
(ASP/vb/jscript,, PHP, JSP & CF) I thought it was going to be a
diluted down version of the old book "Ultradev complete reference" Because
how can you put all that "STUFF" into one book, well they did a great job. I
especially like Chapter 23, which is a great over-view of the SQL
"structured query language" Chapter 28 is pretty cool, it talks about
server-side flash integration, which is a topic I have been wanting to learn
more about. In closing, this book has a lot of bang for the buck, so if you
in the market for a DWMX reference manual, check out "The Complete
Reference, Dreamweaver MX"


Wayne Lambright

Only into chapter 4 and annoyed!!, October 12, 2002
This could be an excellent book, but the organization, the jumping and assumptions made is very annoying to say the least. When I read that files can be downloaded to work with examples, I'm expecting some organization here. I download the files and unzip it and I am a little bit ticked to see how things are labeled. Most books have folders for individual chapters. Well, I had to go on an hunting expedition.

The book in my opinion doesn't clearly take the user in a sensible order of learning. When I hit Chapter 4 (pg 98 to be exact) and this whole discussion of slicing files in Fireworks just left me like huh. Direct quote..."The actual design that you use it up to you." If, I'm following the examples in the book, why would I be creating a design of my own. There are several examples in chapter 4 that made me want to scream and when I visited Chapter 5, I closed the book and put it on my shelf. It's hard enough trying to grasp a software program, I shouldn't have a hard time trying to figure out what the authors want me to do!!

It doesn't talk much about with Dreamweaver, September 8, 2002
1. It tries to cover everything from web design, web programming and database programming. The reason I bought this book was to find the way Dreamweaver MX deals with those, not how to program, how to design database. It doesn't talk about Dreamweaver MX too much, so why do they use the title?

2. This book has many flows, if you follow the code in the book, you get nowhere.

If you just want to know the concept of web design, this book might be OK, but that's not something with Dreamweaver MX. If you want to find information on how to ease web development using Dreamweaver way, you will be disappointed.

Best Overview, August 17, 2002
The shift from Dreamweaver or even Dreamweaver UltraDev to MX is and astonishing leap. MM has thouroughly redesigned the work method to allow for true rapid development of dynamic web envirionments.

And then they didn't publish a manual that documented all that they did.

This doorstop of a referance guide and its affiliated online code provide a concise roadmap through the features and their use. Necessarily, this means guiding the user through an overview of database design, SQL, and scripting for over 3/4's of the book.

Foe example, one of the new integrations of DW MX is "remoting", the ability to utilize web services technology in Coldfusion.To a serious developer this is heaven sent. Needless to say the explanation is somewhat arcane.

The real bottom line is that if this kind of material isn't your cup of tea, then DW MX probably isn't either.

In fact you may want to invest in the book before you venture into the software. Not upgradung or GoLive may be a better product choice for some.

Not bad, February 21, 2003
I guess the book is good for someone who doesn't have any idea about anything regarding script languages and database
I believe all the talking about the different script languages and SQl should have been in an appendix not as regular chapters
I really didn't buy the book to bother myself with ASP, HTML....
which I already know. I bought the book to learn about DWMX.
Some contents overlap with one another,too.
No examples whatsoever.
Wrox just published Beg DWMX this month.
I guess I am gonna go buy it

Overwhelming at first...but that's a good thing..., December 14, 2002
Dreamweaver MX The Complete Reference is a bit overwhelming at first, but so is the Studio MX Suite. This book takes on the daunting task of explaining the ins and outs of DMX plus introduces the reader to Fireworks MX and Flash MX files. FMX and FLMX are part of the Studio MX Suite and I found it quite helpful to have an introduction as to how to integrate those files with DMX.

If you read UD4 The Complete Reference or are knowlegeable about the web, then definately skip Chapter 1. Beginning with Chapter 2 though, hang on to your hat! The chapters are arranged by task and by server technology. For example, Chapter 9 deals with DMX's Advanced Page Design Tools. It begins with templates and ends with the link checker. Developing ASP pages is covered in chapter 15 and PHP is covered in chapter 18. This arrangement makes it easy to find answers to your questions. Depending on your needs, you may not have to or want to read all of the chapters.

On the whole, I've found DMX TCR a very good resource to have nearby when I need a quick answer. The only problem I've found is that a few of the chapters are slow in getting "to the good stuff".

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