Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 2011
Pages: 1216

Dreamweaver is the tool most widely used for designing and managing professional-looking websites, but it's a complex program. That's where Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual comes in. With its jargon-free explanations, 13 hands-on tutorials, and savvy advice from Dreamweaver expert Dave McFarland, you'll master this versatile program with ease.

  • Get A to Z guidance. Go from building your first web page to creating interactive, database-driven sites.
  • Build skills as you learn. Apply your knowledge through tutorials and downloadable practice files.
  • Create a state-of-the-art website. Use powerful, easy-to-use tools such as CSS3 and Spry effects to build visually rich, fast-loading pages.
  • Add instant interactivity. Choose from pre-packaged JavaScript programs to add drop-down menus, tabbed panels, forms, and other features.
  • Tap into databases. Connect your site to a database and build pages that dynamically sort and display stored information.
  • Go mobile. Build and preview websites for smartphones and tablets.
  • Discover hidden tips and tricks. Get undocumented workarounds and shortcuts.
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3.0

Somewhat useful

By Web dreamwer

from Western Australia

About Me Designer

Pros

  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Difficult to understand
  • Too many errors

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual:

As an overview on web design this book hits the mark. However, the book has many flaws.
Firstly, there are many errors, some not yet recognised by the online errata website.
Secondly, as a reference manual the book is too big and it's difficult to find individual chapters and tutorials.
Lastly, readability and font is poor, some symbols such as the ampersand (used in php code in one tutorial) aren't recognisable.

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4.0

The book that must be in your box

By Amrith Krishna

from Kottayam, Kerala, India

About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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  • Not comprehensive enough

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  • Expert
  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual:

Dreamweaver CS 5.5 - the missing manual by David Sawyer McFarland is one book that tries to not only introduce dreamewaever but also the concepts of web design. Something of a nice blend between conceptual learning and quick reference has made the book worth every penny one spend on it. As it is said "Jack of all trades, Master of nothing" the book finds difficulty to concentrate specifically to a group of people, whether novices,beginners,experts or dreamweaver regulars, but caters to everyone. The contents are quite insightfully segmented so that seasoned users can skip quite first few chapters and take off from where you are comfortable with.

Tutorials provided are well refined and nothing of sort of redundancy in contents occurs anywhere. The book will help one to get a real picture of dreamweaver's capabilities. Well structured formatting of book makes it a quick and complete reference while the layout, flow of language and various side notes,tips and illustrative examples makes it a good and engaging read. Coming to advanced sections such as templates,dynamic sites and libraries the author does a wonderful job in explaining the conceptual and usage aspect of those features.

Bottomline: go and grab one of those copies, start working with dreamweaver and when you are stuck just go for the read.

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