Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2010
Pages: 1096

Adobe's website-development program lets you revamp an existing site, or design, build, and manage a new one without writing a single line of code. But learning Dreamweaver is tricky. This step-by-step guide helps you master this versatile program with jargon-free language, hands-on tutorials, and savvy advice from a Dreamweaver pro.

  • Get complete guidance. Go from building your first web page to creating interactive, database-driven sites
  • Build skills as you learn. Apply your knowledge using 12 tutorials and downloadable practice files
  • Create a thoroughly modern website. Build fast-loading pages based on powerful, easy-to-use CSS tools
  • Add instant interactivity. Use pre-packaged JavaScript programs to add forms, drop-down menus, and more
  • Tap into databases. Connect your site to a database and build pages that display the information
  • Discover hidden tips and tricks. Learn undocumented workarounds and shortcuts
  • Have it your way. Customize the way Dreamweaver looks and works to suit your needs
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Excellent!

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  • Accurate
  • Clarity
  • Comprehensive
  • Concise
  • Consistent
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  • Easy to understand
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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual:

    I am (correction: I was) a complete novice to web development. I'm a few steps beyond that, now, but I would be a lot further if I was more serious about it. But I'm retired and have a lot of other interests. If I had been more serious, this book would have been an immense help.

    1. I went through all the lessons, with and without the attached CD. The lessons were very clear - most of the time - and even when they weren't, I had the feeling that was almost by design to keep me looking for the right code or way of thinking that would get me beyond that place. Still, the examples on the CD really helped - the pieces of the lesson and then the finished, "correct" result provided were very instructive.

    2. It's a very comprehensive book - not just the tutorials, but the added info that get a person beyond Dreamweaver itself as a stand-alone program.

    3. The language was clear and consistently correct (I often compare one person's work with another's for verification).

    4. I compared this manual with a lot of others, sitting down to examine them from Table of Contents to Chapter to Index, and it was apparent early on that this was the best of the lot.

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    A superb treatment

    By craig

    from Aptos, CA

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual:

      Superb! This book is a refreshing delight.
      I'm a professional software developer and have been reading technical programming books for 30 years ranging from C, C++, Java, Python, etc. etc. and "Dreamweaver CS5 – the Missing Manual" is among the best books I've ever bought. The author blends and balances conceptual overview and description with detail and tutorials superbly. Enough overview to get the most important concepts established; enough detailed description to reveal how things really work while also pointing out some of the important "gotchas" that newbies will run into; and then enough tutorials (but not too much, and not too trivial) to help beginners get both a comprehensive feel for dreamweaver and put them well on their way to building professional websites. For example, the tutorials are well thought out and then distilled to focus on the things that are important for beginners to understand. Also the instructions for the tutorials are so explicit and accurate, it is almost impossible for readers to get confused. Another example: many tutorials I've seen elsewhere might talk about specific aspects of "layout" but never do a good job at providing context and the big picture of layout. In this book as well as in "CSS The missing Manual", the author articulates and explains different layout strategies very clearly.

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