- Taschenbuch: 1087 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly & Associates; Auflage: 1 (5. Dezember 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0596522924
- ISBN-13: 978-0596522926
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 5,6 x 23,3 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.356.349 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Dezember 2008
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Dreamsweaver CS4 for Dummies
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual (this book)
The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax and PHP
I started with Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, which I found to be a pretty good book. I was able to read it cover to cover (though it's not necessary to do so to get started). In addition to a good basic overview, it had a couple of very helpful tips in a chapter called "10 Resources You Might Need."
As my design became more detailed, I felt the need for a book that went into more depth and bought the other two books listed above. I like both books, but find I rely on The Missing Manual the most. Its writing is clear and easy to follow. The numerous tutorials give step-by-step instructions for a beginner on how to accomplish various tasks, with more advanced details included in the text.
I like The Essential Guide as well, but since I'm not using PHP, I find that there are areas where the advice they give simply doesn't work for me. For example, when I wanted to learn more about using templates, The Essential Guide gave only a very basic explanation, then went into far more detail about using PHP "includes" instead. While I agree that the PHP "includes" are probably the better choice, it's not one that is available to me since I don't have a PHP testing server (and don't want to go through the complexity of setting one up on my home computer). If you are using PHP, then this is definitely the book to get.
All in all, if I had to recommend one book to get started, it would be For Dummies, particularly if your needs are very simple and/or you're completely new to web site design. For those who want to move beyond the basics, I like The Missing Manual the best. This book could also be used by beginners as long as you're not put off by its length -- with over 1,000 pages, it's not one you'll be able to read cover to cover. I think The Essential Guide is best suited for those who want to create very complex designs, especially those that use PHP. It, too, is very clearly written, but more intimidating to a beginner.
As the book says, the book that should have been in the box. I now use it for reference it has so much information. Just as a note, I am a 20+year IT veteran and know good technical books when I see one. This is definitely one of them and if I continue with this website, I will get his other book on CSS as well.
That said, McFarland's book about Dreamweaver is easily the best written, best organized, most helpful manual I've ever bought or read. Don't try to use Dreamweaver without it. It's all in here. I don't usually read an entire book like this because I don't need all of it - but I've been reading this thing for pleasure when I go to bed at night! I learn something new every time I crack it open. McFarland tells it clearly and completely. You can tell he's not just a writer - he's a "user." And he understands how users and programmers think about software. He anticipates your questions and delivers "how to" and "why" with intelligence and aplomb. He doesn't just show you how to use a feature; he teaches you techniques and how to approach tasks.
Now if he would only write a missing manual for every other piece of software I use... I'd buy it! Highly recommended!
Final note to Adobe: Just hire the guy to write your manuals and include them in the box and pay him handsomely. On the other hand, Adobe oughta just include a coupon for a copy of the book - that way McFarland won't have to omit any of the frank criticisms he shares about the software. My only request of him is that I wish the book would discuss more of the bugs in DW -- and DW is buggy.
Many thanks to McFarland for making my work easier and me more productive on Dreamweaver.