David Sawyer McFarland

David Sawyer McFarland

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David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer, trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Web design
  • web programming
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing


CSS3: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland Third Edition December 2012


“No one book can cover every detail of Web design, but Sawyer McFarland does a nice job of covering what you need to know about Dreamweaver.”
— Geoff Hart, Technical Communication, Volume 59, Number 4, November 2012
“This book is the most comprehensive guide yet published about Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. The author covers every element, capability and feature of the program, supporting the readers’ learning process with 13 hands-on projects.”
— Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, Vol. 17 No. 4/5, July/October 2012
“This book should be all you need to get comfortable with both Dreamweaver and the range of coding conveniences it offers.”
— Brett Merkey, Amazon.com
“A fine survey for any web design collection strong in Dreamweaver applications, and covers all the important things you need to know to build skills and websites using Dreamweaver's systems.”
— James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch, October 2011, Volume 6, Number 10
Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual is thorough and covers most aspects of the program in sufficient depth to be useful. McFarland writes well, and the order of chapters makes good sense, with a logical progression in both complexity and the amount McFarland assumes the reader will already know and understand...A good book on an important application, and highly recommended.”
— Neale Monks, MyMac Magazine
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— Andrew Kavanagh, Amazon.com
“Whether you are an absolute newcomer or an old hand at using Dreamweaver, you definitely can benefit from having and using this huge and hefty book.”
— Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions
“All in all, this was a great book and the author, David Sawyer McFarland, should be commended for a job well done. I only wish Adobe would hire him to write the Adobe help website text...”
— Debbi Sedlak, GRApple, Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2011
CSS: The Missing Manual is a book that enriches your Web knowledge, enhances your Web literacy and makes you a proud master of CSS whether you are a Web site novice or a Web development veteran.”
— Jin Yang, The Bridge, September/October 2010, Vol. 26 No. 5-- Memphis PC Users Group
“Not everyone who designs Web pages is an expert. That's where this book (and others in the "Missing Manual" series) comes to the rescue. When you need to know where to start with CSS -- literally at the ground level -- this is a great volume for you. ”
— Todd R. Weiss, ComputerWorld
“Designed for both beginners and web-building veterans alike, this fully revised edition walks you through the important stuff you need to do. ”
— Dominique James, San Francisco Book Review
CSS: The Missing Manual is a good step by step manual for anyone interested in learning CSS. ”
— Dr. Tami Brady, TCM Reviews
“A 'must' for any Dreamweaver owner. ”
— Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch - The Computer Shelf
“I did find this book interesting and informative...Also, the tutorials were again very helpful and well laid-out. Another thing I’d like to point out is that the tutorials are not just re-hashes of the information in the preceding chapter. There is additional learning value in the tutorials that build on what you learn by reading the chapter. ”
— Jeff Gran, JeffGran.com
“I thoroughly recommend this book for all, especially the beginner Dreamweaver user.”
— Randy Southers, Austin Adobe User Group (AAUG)
“No JavaScript is perfect, but his book comes very close. A great buy and I highly recommend it.”
— Frank Stepanski, Amazon.com
“From avoiding common errors to saving time with prewritten code, JavaScript: The Missing Manual is a winner.”
— Diane Donovan, The Bookwatch - The Computer Shelf
“Overall, an excellent choice; its thorough coverage, cost, topic, and friendly tone make this a recommended title...”
— Lisa Ennis, The Tech Static
“This book should be in everybody's library no matter what the skill level. It covers all the basics for the beginner and many advanced topics for the seasoned veteran of Dreamweaver. A great book. ”
— Frank Stepanski, Amazon.com
“David McFarland's CSS: The Missing Manual is over 500 pages of CSS expertise, with over 100 of those pages of tutorials. It's a best place to get started for learning CSS.”
— Glen Stansberry, NETTUTS