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Dreamweaver MX 2004 For Visual Learners

Dreamweaver MX 2004 For Visual Learners is a book that uses a very visual technique to show how to use the popular program. It uses illustrations to help beginners learn how to accomplish common tasks in Dreamweaver MX 2004.

For who is this book? This book is best suited for users that never used Dreamweaver MX 2004 before that learn best using visuals. I must say that you can almost flip through the pages and learn the basics very fast this way.

The book covers basic topics such as Dreamweaver Basics, Layout and Navigation, Utilities, Interactivity, and Advanced Layout.

February 18, 2005

More Eric Meyer on CSS

Eric Meyer on CSS is renowned as a classic book in this area; unsurprisingly (and pleasingly for the rest of us) Eric is back with another 10 carefully crafted CSS-based projects which walk us through the steps we need to take to build beautiful standards based, cross-browser designs.

The projects cover such topics as covering an HTML-based design to a pure CSS one, using background images to achieve cross browser translucency effects and creating drop-down menus without using JavaScript.

The climax of the book is where Eric describes the creation of a design for the CSS Zen Garden web site – a fantastic resource that has shown the power of CSS to the world, and showcased some incredible talent along the way.

DMXzone has reviewed More Eric Meyer on CSS here.

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November 26, 2004

Mastering phpMyAdmin for Effective MySQL Management

Whether you are an experienced developer, system administrator, web designer or new to MySQL and phpMyAdmin, this book will show you how to increase your productivity and control when working with your databases.

You will learn how to:

  • Administer MySQL users and privileges, and get statistics about MySQL servers and databases
  • Manage databases, table data and structures, and indexes
  • Use bookmarks and metadata
  • Generate multiple SQL queries
  • Generate better documentation of evolving table structures

Along the way you’ll build a more detailed understanding of SQL and how it works in MySQL.

November 13, 2004

The CSS Anthology:101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Prolific writer, CSS heroine and DMXzone contributor Rachel Andrew has been busy at her keyboard this summer! This time round Rachel is sharing her CSS knowledge in the form of a tips and tricks book. The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks is now available from Sitepoint.

This volume promises to supply you with tried and tested real-world solutions to your Web design problems. With tutorials that will give you an insight into font control, Web page navigation controls, design for alternative browsing devices including smart phones and screen readers for the blind AND download access to all the code samples used throughout the book so you can plug them right into your own Web page designs this is sure to be a hit. An overview of the book can be found here, and sample chapters are available here.

Note that Sitepoint books are primarily sold direct from their website – so to purchase The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks follow this link to the order form >>

November 12, 2004

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Design Projects

Case studies in programming books are extremely helpful ways to exemplify a concept, technique or technology in programming – they really help the text to sink in. One of the problems though is that rarely does a case study cater exactly to the situation you find yourself in (which in some ways is a relief, otherwise there would be a lot fewer programming jobs!).

The authors will be well known to DMXzone regulars as the book has brought together Rachel Andrew, Craig Grannell, Allan Kent and Christopher Schmitt together in one volume. The book takes the form of a collection of four case studies, each based around a common web archetype. 

Christopher opens the book with an entertainment/fan site project, Allan is next up with a news portal that makes use of his beloved PHP, Craig comes third with an external facing corporate website and Rachel wraps up the show by building an intranet site based on Access and ASP.

By looking at the projects from inception to delivery the authors look at the profiles of different audiences, consider appropriate designs and technology choices and then show how to implement the site using Dreamweaver MX 2004 to build standards compliant sites.

Friends of Ed have kindly provided DMXzone with a copy of the book, which we've reviewed. Furthermore we have an extract from the news portal chapter available here.

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October 18, 2004

The CSS Cookbook

Using the 'house' style for O'Reilly Cookbooks, this new release by Christopher Schmitt is sure to be a great help to Web developers striving to use CSS in their designs, and needing tips and tricks to get them over the occasional hurdle.

The style of the book is to identify a specific issue (say setting a background image) and then tackle it using the Cookbook style Problem – Solution – Discussion approach to setting out the information needed. The concise format of the first two sections allows quick identification (or reminder) of issues and provides focussed code snippets. The discussion portion gives space for a rounded explanation, and furnishes the reader with the understanding they need to customise the code for their own purposes.

This book covers CSS2.1 with chapters covering topics such as Web Typography, Links and Navigation, Forms, Hacks and Workarounds and Designing with CSS.

Oh, and it features a grizzly bear on the cover!

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September 1, 2004

The Flash Anthology: Cool Effects & Practical ActionScript

Sometimes you want a Website to look, well, a little more animated. When that happens it's time to turn to Flash. In The Flash Anthology: Cool Effects & Practical ActionScript by Steve Grosvenor you'll see how to build over 60 real-world Flash applications that can add wow factor to your Web site.

This book is aimed at developers who've got the basics of Flash under their belt but haven't yet delved too far into ActionScript. By providing solutions to some of the most common Flash problems, and addressing frequently desired tasks this book aims to inspire, educate and motivate.

A DMXzone review of the book can be found here and also, courtesy of the publishers Sitepoint, we've got a sample chapter from the book covering Animation Effects available for download here.

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August 23, 2004

Adobe Photoshop CS in 10 Simple Steps or Less

Christopher Schmitt is a well-known author and Web designer who has written for a wide variety of publications on and off-line. In this book he and his co-author Micah Laaker provide clear instructions on how to carry out over 250 Photoshop tasks.

By breaking the tasks down into units of ten steps or less and using oodles of screen shots this book will have you to cropping, merging, shadowing and filtering in no time.

August 12, 2004

Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 Zero to Hero

Another solid publication from the experienced Dreamweaver and Fireworks authors Joyce Evans and Charles Brown. Using the well established tutorial style of the Zero to Hero series this book walks you carefully through the basics, and then opens up to provide in depth coverage of the different aspects of working with Fireworks, such as animations and automation.

Finally in the Hero section of the book we get two case studies that help the reader to put all this new found knowledge in context. The first case study covers the development of Web sites with Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Here we're shown how we can play to the strengths of both software packages – designing in Fireworks and producing the code via Dreamweaver.

In the second case study we are walked through the production of an eye-catching media player interface. Starting with an inspiring image of the futuristic graphic, the tutorial shows how to combine effects to slowly build up the illustration piece by piece. 

Very helpful for the graphically challenged such as myself, as I've often looked at a graphic and though 'how do they do that?' With this book I can start to see how I might even be able to do it on my own.

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Summary of Contents:

Chapter 1: Web Graphics and the Fireworks Interface
Chapter 2: Creating Content Tools and Colors
Chapter 3: Object Properties
Chapter 4: Object Behavior: Interactivity
Chapter 5: Optimization and Exporting
Chapter 6: Animation
Chapter 7: Working with Vectors
Chapter 8: Spectacular Text Effects
Chapter 9: Retouching and Enhancing Color
Chapter 10: Creating Interfaces
Chapter 11: Extensibility and Automation
Chapter 12: Integrating Fireworks MX 2004 with Dreamweaver MX 2004
Hero Project 1: Web page layout with Fireworks and Dreamweaver
Hero Project 2: Media player interface

August 3, 2004

Beginning ASP.NET 1.1 E-Commerce

Using ASP.NET and VB.NET, Beginning ASP.NET 1.1 E-Commerce, a recent Apress book by Cristian Darie and Karli Watson, builds a web site in three phases of increasing complexity. Starting with a simple PayPal based site, the book moves onto the development of a custom shopping basket and eventually details how to develop a bespoke order pipeline and handle credit card payments yourself.

Whilst more a Microsoft oriented book without specific Dreamweaver information (it concentrates mainly on the server side processing), nevertheless this book contains valuable information for anybody thinking of implementing a .NET e-commerce solution.

Check out a sample chapter discussing credit card processing here.

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July 26, 2004