Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 with ASP, ColdFusion, and PHP : Training from the Source
||Author: Jeffrey Bardzell|
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Publisher: Macromedia Press (28 October, 2003)
Sales Rank: 8,336
Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
I Expected the Worst and Found the Best
I bought this book because Macromedia didn't provide any manuals with their Studio MX 2004, other than some useless PDF files, and I wanted to know how to use the new MX 2004 version. I thought that this book would have the usual crud with a few pearls of information that in the end would probably make it worth the price. Instead, I found a book that is pure gold. It's well written and if you stay with it, it will teach you quite a bit. If I was to teach a course on Dreamweaver MX 2004, this would be my manual.
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Bottom Line
I have 2 books about ColdFusion. This one and ColdFusion MX Bible.
This book: Wonderful if you want to learn how to create applications with Dreamweaver MX 2004 specifically, as it goes through all the dialog based application development.
The other book (ColdFusion MX Bible): Great if you want to learn how to hand-code applications using ColdFusion MX. Very in-depth covering all aspects of ColdFusion. This book does not deal with dialog based apps like Dreamweaver. You can hand-code with DW, however.
Both books are excellent. I have both because I want to know the code behind my apps but I don't necessarily want to have to always type code.
Rating: 5 out of 5
As a graphic artist with a severe case of left-brain subject-avoidance, I approached this book on building Dynamic Web Applications in Dreamweaver MX 2004 with a goodly amount of apprehension. Jeffery Bardzell's intelligent, engaging style allayed all of that in the first few paragraphs. His presentation is clear, direct, and sets you up to win.
The book is a healthy, 16 lessons long, with each lesson progressing through short steps that are visually reinforced by screenshots. By the end of the book you will have upgraded a static HTML site filled with obsolete code, to a standard compliant, CSS formatted, dynamic, XHTML site, and will have mastered the fundamentals of dynamic application development. I can't wait to go out and develop my first database-driven site! Thank you, Jeffery.
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