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 itself.
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 driver.
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