Real World Adobe GoLive 4
is less like a step-by-step tutorial and more like a manual, but one that tells you how things do
work, not necessarily how they should
work. It fills in the areas where the official GoLive manual falls short; it's the stuff you need to know after you've become familiar with all the palettes and menus.
Authors Fleishman and Carlson recommend not trying to read the book straight through. In the introduction, they outline which chapters are best for beginners, intermediate users (which they believed they were before writing the book), and advanced users (which they believe they are now). They suggest readers scan the book first, focusing on chapters that answer their most pressing questions, and then stay up all night reading the whole book. As they put it, they find learning easier if you "balance efficiency with learning curve ... learn a little and then sit down and produce." For an intermediate user, it's very gratifying to jump to the chapter on grids, for example, and finally realize why things didn't work exactly as expected.
One particularly useful chapter shows how to import, revise, and manage an existing Web site that may have been created by hand-coding or by another HTML editor. The book is loaded with tips and insights and, weighing in at around two and a half pounds, it's a heavyweight in more ways than one. --Angelynn Grant