November 22, 2002
The Ultimate Atlas for Web Designers: O'Reilly/Pogue Press Releases "Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual"
Sebastopol, CA--As the Web's popularity continues to skyrocket, so does
that of Macromedia Dreamweaver, one of the most elegant and powerful
web page creation programs available. Dreamweaver MX (for Mac OS 9, Mac
OS X, and Windows) marks the historic union of Dreamweaver and
Dreamweaver UltraDev, a package of web-database language modules once
sold separately. The new, unified program offers drag-and-drop
simplicity, produces clean HTML code, and incorporates the dynamic,
database-driven power that was formerly only available with UltraDev.
In fact, the only feature Dreamweaver MX appears to lack is a printed
manual. Fortunately, those who find themselves reaching for a manual to
help them come up to speed can pick up a copy of Dreamweaver MX: The
Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland (Pogue Press/O'Reilly, US
$34.95). It's the book that should have been in the box.
In collaboration with Missing Manual series editor David Pogue,
McFarland brings Dreamweaver MX to life with clarity, authority, and
good humor. As in his highly regarded "Dreamweaver 4: The Missing
Manual," McFarland livens the book with unique examples that let the
reader see and test--on the Internet, itself--real web pages that
follow the development progress of the book's chapters. Step-by-step
annotated tutorials guide the reader through the construction of a
state-of-the-art commercial web site, complete with Flash buttons,
Cascading Style Sheets, and even dynamic databases (in the reader's
choice of programming language). The book is full of undocumented
work-arounds, shortcuts, and hilarious Easter eggs found in Dreamweaver
And in "Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual," there is no shortage of
design guidance. Readers will learn how to create any modern web
feature they can name: forms, animations, pop-up windows, and so on.
McFarland shares with the reader which browsers, situations, and
audiences are appropriate for each.
Armed with this book, both first-time and experienced web designers
will have little difficulty using Dreamweaver to create stunning,
interactive web sites. The book contains more than five hundred
illustrations, a hand-crafted index, and the clarity of thought that
has made bestsellers of every Missing Manual. "Dreamweaver MX: The
Missing Manual" is the ultimate atlas for the excellence-driven
Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
David Sawyer McFarland
ISBN 0-596-00349-8, 779 pages, $34.95 (US), $54.95 (CAN)
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