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Brad Halstead joins DMXzone

We’re delighted to welcome Brad Halstead as a Premium Tutorial author today. Brad is considered by New Riders publishing to be their stellar technical editor on matters Dreamweaver, and has also co-written “Inside Dreamweaver MX”, “Dreamweaver MX Magic”, and “Dreamweaver MX Templates” (with Murray Summers, with whom he maintains the web site http://www.dreamweavermx-templates.com/)

Brad will be writing on Dreamweaver Templates every second Tuesday. The tutorial plan (which is subject to change after feedback) is:

September 2, 2003 Author: George Petrov

Free Sample PDFs of Premium Content

We've received a lot of feedback saying that you want 'try before you buy' Premium Content.

Rather than supply a sample article, which might not be representative of the subject matter or author style of the article you're considering, we're offering the first page of each and every article so you can judge whether it's worth forfeiting the price of a beer to learn about the subject.

So, as from today, the first page of each and every article is available for sample download. Just click on the article you're interested in, and there's a large PDF logo in the properties box. Click the 'sample pdf' logo and check out the first page of the article!

June 16, 2003 Author: George Petrov

Official launch of the Premium Content

Welcome to the launch of our new Premium Content Area of the Site!

We’ve put our ears to the ground and heard the buzz about what's hot in the world of Dreamweaver professionals.

With the new dynamic features of Dreamweaver MX many of us are finding ourselves on the verge of a new era of developing websites. Clients are demanding interactivity with users of their sites, content needs to change on the fly, they need a product catalog and a shop area with secure payment processing, etc. And all this has to conform to the latest web standards.

May 15, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham

Tomorrow is THE day!

Tomorrow is the official kick off of our latest adventure! Let us introduce you to the writers of Wednesday: Robin Dewson and Chris Ullman!

Each article costs just $1.99 to download – making it the cheapest way to learn these vital skills for Dreamweaver professional.
To read more about our Premium Content addition to DMXzone click here

Robin Dewsons first set of articles discuss how to move from Access (or other consumer databases) to SQL Server 2000, when you need its speed, concurrencies security features and scalability.
Then he’ll be teaching how to design a new database from scratch for your new website (using any SQL database implementation) – how to design it for data integrity, efficiency and future expansion.Finally, Robin will be sharing his knowledge of SQL Server 2000 optimisation, performance tuning and iterative database design in order that your site always works the fastest, the best, and kicks your competitors’ butts!

Chris Ullman specialises in writing books for people beginning technologies. He will be writing .NET technologies, particularly  ASP.NET (and how to migrate from ‘classic’ ASP), and introducing XML and showing you the practical benefits rather than the headache-inducing theory.

May 14, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham

Only 2 more days till kick off!

With only 2 days to go until the big event we would like to introduce you to the Tuesday writers: Molly Holzschlag and Matt Machell!

Molly will be writing on the best way for Dreamweaver users to spice up their resumes by learning the latest in cross-browser contemporary markup and design techniques. This is a practical course that makes your documents reusable, faster – generally leaner and meaner!

Matt is the first contributor in our series Idea to implementation, in which we invite real-life designers to design a website to our brief, and they talk us through the various stages of building a web site, taking the core concept and developing it systematically based on client requirements and user expectations. Along the way we'll look at the design decisions that have to be made, and consider aspects of development like usability, information architecture, all the while giving the audience what they want so they come back time and time again.

Each article costs just $1.99 to download – making it the cheapest way to learn these vital skills for Dreamweaver professional.
To read more about our Premium Content addition to DMXzone click here

May 13, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham

Monday: Only 3 days till launch!

With 3 days left till kick off to the Premium Content addition, we would like to introduce you to the writer who will write an article every Monday especially for DMXzone.

Allan Kent comes from Cape Town, South Africa.  He has been implicated in writing for several WROX and glasshaus publications, generally in the 'cool stuff that PHP can do' sections. 

His hobbies include tattoos, body modification and Death Metal.  Any links between these and his willingness to help the designers in his company programin ActionScript are purely in the mind of the reader.  When not writing PHP code or recovering from over-exposure to designers, he likes teaming up with the other PC people in the office to deal out some Quake pain to the Mac users.

 

May 12, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham

4 days left till launch!

Thursday is launching day. Meet another writer that will write every other Thursday: Rachel Andrew!

Rachel's first articles for DMXzone will be on Cascading Style Sheets, and Web Accessibility. Many people are aware that Style Sheets are a cure for cancer and will put an end to war and famine (or so many CSS advocates seem to claim!). However, finding out how to use them in your day to day web development, or how to retrofit your nested-tables site is difficult. So Rachel will take a traditional ‘tabular’ site apart, replacing the old fashioned, bandwidth-guzzling layout with CSS producing an identical (or better!) –looking  site that can be used on any internet-enabled device, is compatible with all modern browsers, and downloads much faster - and is accessible for users with a disability.

Then Rachel will teach on the mysterious art of making your sites Accessible. From being regarded as a fringe activity a year ago, now Web Accessibility is asked for on job adverts - and in some circumstances is legally required in the US, Japan and Europe.

May 9, 2003 Author: George Petrov

Only 5 days left till Launch!

We are counting down the days. Excitement is growing!
Meet the writer that will write every other Thursday: Gareth Downes-Powell!

Gareth has been a great teacher of the new PHP capabilities of Dreamweaver MX and will be writing a series of advanced PHP tutorials describing how to use Objects and Classes to create reusable code. As a demonstration he’ll show how to create a custom database class, that makes it easy to work with a MySQL database from within your own code, and take your PHP/ MySQL skills to the next level.

 

May 9, 2003 Author: George Petrov

Only 6 days till launch!

We are delighted to announce that every Friday, our Premium Content author is Tom Dell’Aringa, starting Friday 16th May 2003.

Tom is our JavaScript guru; he told us “I’m writing for both DW/UD users and users in general who are *somewhat familiar* with JavaScript (in that they use those apps to create them but not write them from scratch), who may have tried their hand at one or two scripts.

I want to teach you how to correctly use JavaScript by giving them the basics of scripting first, then covering some simple, commonly used scripting next. Then I will move on with topics like always making sure that the code is efficient and that the user experience is good.

I strongly feel that if you are going to be a developer on the front end, and get through an job interview convincingly, you need to know JavaScript and know it well”.

Each article costs just $1.99 to download – making it the cheapest way to learn these vital skills for Dreamweaver professional.

May 9, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham

7 days till Launch!

Next Thursday, May 15th, is the first day of our Premium Content Articles. At DMXzone we are delighted to announce our regular Thursday authors, Gareth Downes-Powell and Rachel Andrew.

Gareth will write every second Thursday, starting May 15. He’s been a great teacher of the new PHP capabilities of Dreamweaver MX and will be writing a series of advanced PHP tutorials describing how to use Objects and Classes to create reusable code. As a demonstration he’ll show how to create a custom database class, that makes it easy to work with a MySQL database from within your own code, and take your PHP/ MySQL skills to the next level.

Rachel will write every second Thursday, starting from May 22. Her first articles for DMXzone will be on Cascading Style Sheets, and Web Accessibility. Many people are aware that Style Sheets are a cure for cancer and will put an end to war and famine (or so many CSS advocates seem to claim!). However, finding out how to use them in your day to day web development, or how to retrofit your nested-tables site is difficult. So Rachel will take a traditional ‘tabular’ site apart, replacing the old fashioned, bandwidth-guzzling layout with CSS producing an identical (or better!) –looking  site that can be used on any internet-enabled device, is compatible with all modern browsers, and downloads much faster - and is accessible for users with a disability.

Then Rachel will teach on the mysterious art of making your sites Accessible. From being regarded as a fringe activity a year ago, now Web Accessibility is asked for on job adverts - and in some circumstances is legally required in the US, Japan and Europe.

Each article costs just $1.99 to download – making it the cheapest way to learn these vital skills for Dreamweaver professional.
May 8, 2003 Author: Ian Blackham